Approaches to Teaching the Works of Ovid and the Ovidian Tradition

  • Editors: Barbara Weiden Boyd, Cora Fox
  • Pages: vii & 294 pp.
  • Published: 2010
  • ISBN: 9781603290630 (Paperback)
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“This book is unusually helpful to the broad teaching community. It will be welcomed by classicists, teachers of literature in many languages, historians of gender, historians of visual arts, and teachers in many areas of general college education and secondary education.”

—Theresa Krier, Macalester College

Ovid and his influence are studied in classrooms as various as his poetry, and this Approaches volume aims to help instructors in those diverse teaching environments. Part 1, “Materials,” is fittingly collaborative and features brief overviews designed to give nonspecialists background on the more challenging aspects of teaching Ovid. Contributors examine his life and legacy, religion, and relation to the visual arts as well as his afterlife in the Latin classroom, in various translations, and in the Ovide moralisé. The editors detail the contexts in which Ovid is taught, identify trends in teaching his work and the Ovidian tradition, and recommend editions and resources for classroom use.

The introduction to part 2, “Approaches,” considers Ovid’s relation to Vergil and the development of Ovid’s influence and reception, from the medieval and early modern period to the reinvigoration of Ovid studies in the twentieth century. In the four sections that follow, contributors provide practical ideas for classroom instruction, examine the political and moral discourses shaping Ovid and his legacy, explore how gender and the body are represented in Ovid and the Ovidian tradition, and look at various ways Ovid’s works have been used and transformed by writers as diverse as Dante, Cervantes, and Ransmayr.

Susan C. Anderson
William S. Anderson
Patrick Cheney
Raymond Cormier
Frederick A. De Armas
Jim Ellis
Nikolai Endres
Jamie C. Fumo
Judith P. Hallett
R. W. Hanning
Ronald W. Harris
Ralph Hexter
Samuel Huskey
Mary Jaeger
Phyllis Katz
Sean Keilen
Alison Keith
Peter E. Knox
Scott Maisano
Christopher M. McDonough
Matthew McGowan
Paul Allen Miller
Frank Palmeri
Wendy Chapman Peek
Lorina N. Quartarone
Bruce Redford
Madison U. Sowell
Goran V. Stanivukovic
M. L. Stapleton

 Acknowledgments (ix)

Preface (1)

Editions Used in This Volume (3)

PART ONE: MATERIALS

Ovid’s Life and Legacy

Introduction (7)

Ralph Hexter

Roman Religion and Ovid (13)

Christopher M. McDonough

Ovide moralisé (18)

Raymond Cormier

Speaking Pictures: Ovid and the Visual Arts (23)

Bruce Redford

Ovid’s Texts in the Classroom

Commentaries on Ovid (27)

Peter E. Knox

Ovid in Premodern English Translation (31)

Cora Fox

Ovid in Modern Translation (34)

Barbara Weiden Boyd

Surveying Pedagogy and Practice: A Report on the MLA Survey (39)

Barbara Weiden Boyd and Cora Fox

PART TWO: APPROACHES

Introduction (49)

Barbara Weiden Boyd and Cora Fox

Ovid’s Classrooms

Caveat Lector: Learning to Read through Ovid (57)

Wendy Chapman Peek

Genre Transformed: The “Heroes” of Ovid’s Epic (64)

Lorina N. Quartarone

Approaches to Teaching Ovid’s Tristia (73)

Samuel Huskey

From Ovid to Elvis: Teaching Mythology in the Classical Tradition (80)

Nikolai Endres

Reading and Teaching Ovid’s Amores and Ars amatoria in a Conservative Christian Context (88)

M. L. Stapleton

Ovid and His Human Animals (95)

Frank Palmeri

Teaching Medea to Freshmen: Ovid, Thematic Criticism, and General Education (102)

Ronald W. Harris

Political Ovid

Always Hopeless, Never Serious: Wit and Wordplay in Ovid’s Amores (109)

R. W. Hanning

Transforming Exile: Teaching Ovid in Tomis (117)

Matthew McGowan

Teaching the Really Minor Epic: Literature, Sexuality, and National Belonging in Thomas Edwards’s “Narcissus” (126)

Jim Ellis

Teaching the Ovidian Shakespeare and the Politics of Emotion (133)

Cora Fox

Reforming Metamorphoses: The Epic in Translation as a “Major Work” of the English Renaissance (142)

Scott Maisano

Ovid’s Genial and Ingenious Story of King Midas (151)

William S. Anderson

Gendered and Embodied Ovid

Sex and Violence in Amores (161)

Paul Allen Miller

Ovid’s Thisbe and a Roman Woman Love Poet (170)

Judith P. Hallett

The Lay of the Land: The Rhetoric of Gender in Ovid’s “Perseid” (178)

Alison Keith

Teaching Ovidian Sexualities in English Renaissance Literature (189)

Goran V. Stanivukovic

Teaching Marlowe’s Translation of Amores (197)

Patrick Cheney

Teaching Tiresias: Issues of Gender and Sexuality in Ovid and Beyond (204)

Phyllis Katz

Metatextual Ovid

Metamorphoses Metamorphosed: Teaching the Ovidian Tradition (212)

Jamie C. Fumo

Metamorphoses, Its Tradition, and the Work of Art (219)

Sean Keilen

Island Hopping: Ovid’s Ariadne and Her Texts (225)

Barbara Weiden Boyd

The Case of Ovid in Dante (234)

Madison U. Sowell

Captured in Ekphrasis: Cervantes and Ovid (241)

Frederick A. De Armas

Ovid and Ransmayr: Translating across Cultures and Times (250)

Susan C. Anderson and Mary Jaeger

Notes on Contributors (257)

Contributors and Survey Participants (261)

Works Cited (263)

Index (289)