Session Title

Ovid's Medieval Metamorphoses I: Shaping Pygmalion, Reflecting Narcissus

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Special Session

Organizer Name

Lucas Wood

Organizer Affiliation

Indiana Univ.-Bloomington

Presider Name

Peggy McCracken

Presider Affiliation

Univ. of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Paper Title 1

Narcisus's Singular Desires

Presenter 1 Name

Lucas Wood

Paper Title 2

Pygmalion’s Phantasmic Craft in Machaut's Fonteinne amoureuse

Presenter 2 Name

Sarah Powrie

Presenter 2 Affiliation

St. Thomas More College

Paper Title 3

Narcissus and Pygmalion: Christine de Pizan's Transformations of Ovid in L'Epistre Othea

Presenter 3 Name

Kevin Brownlee

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Univ. of Pennsylvania

Start Date

11-5-2017 1:30 PM

Session Location

Fetzer 2030

Description

From the 12th through the 15th centuries, the Augustan poet Ovid's commanding presence in French and Anglo-Norman vernacular literature took complex and varied forms that recent criticism has interpreted in increasingly compelling ways. Moving beyond the question of “influence”, this pair of sessions on “Ovid’s Medieval Metamorphoses” will approach the medieval French reception of Ovid's Latin poetry as a case study in the techniques and stakes of cultural translation. By tracing the development and transmission of innovative Ovidianisms--that is, the evolution of markedly Ovidian but distinctively medieval discourses, themes and motifs--over the course of the Middle Ages, the sessions will also uncover the ways in which medieval poets use the Ovidian tradition to wrestle with (and transform) generic paradigms and literary ideologies and to construct personal and textual authority.

Lucas Wood

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May 11th, 1:30 PM

Ovid's Medieval Metamorphoses I: Shaping Pygmalion, Reflecting Narcissus

Fetzer 2030

From the 12th through the 15th centuries, the Augustan poet Ovid's commanding presence in French and Anglo-Norman vernacular literature took complex and varied forms that recent criticism has interpreted in increasingly compelling ways. Moving beyond the question of “influence”, this pair of sessions on “Ovid’s Medieval Metamorphoses” will approach the medieval French reception of Ovid's Latin poetry as a case study in the techniques and stakes of cultural translation. By tracing the development and transmission of innovative Ovidianisms--that is, the evolution of markedly Ovidian but distinctively medieval discourses, themes and motifs--over the course of the Middle Ages, the sessions will also uncover the ways in which medieval poets use the Ovidian tradition to wrestle with (and transform) generic paradigms and literary ideologies and to construct personal and textual authority.

Lucas Wood