Cover

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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-5

Contents

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pp. 6-7

Translator’s Note

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pp. vii-viii

Author’s Note to the English Translation

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pp. ix-x

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Preface and Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xvi

For many years now, the Metamorphoses of Apuleius has garnered a remarkable degree of critical attention that, with an ever-increasing emphasis, has demonstrated the highly sophisticated literary nature of the work, as well as its many considerable hermeneutic difficulties. ...

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1. A Sweet Poetics

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pp. 1-50

There are many things we do not know about the ancient novel. For example, we can only make conjectures about the circumstances of its birth or about its audience, not to speak of the dense fog that shrouds the biographies of most of its authors. ...

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2. Old Wives' Tales and Servile Pleasures

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pp. 51-132

We have determined what sort of images and ideas are suggested by the prologue, but it remains to be seen whether we ought to allow ourselves to fall under its spell. For we know by now that the fascination of a sweet voice can be dangerous, something which it might be better to resist. ...

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3. Metamorphoses of Genres

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pp. 133-164

As we have seen, Socratic dialogue and the tradition of Greek and Roman satire offer a good frame of reference for illustrating the seriocomic character of the Metamorphoses. Though they share several similarities, of course, we cannot ignore the pronounced differences between literary genres ...

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4. Greece, Rome, Africa

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pp. 165-208

In the preceding chapters I approached the problem of identity in the Metamorphoses from a literary and hermeneutic perspective, by analyzing specific genre-markers suggested in the text. I then looked at the problem of the cultural context for the novelistic genre. ...

Bibliography

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pp. 209-227

Index locurum

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pp. 228-235

General Index

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pp. 236-239

Back Cover

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pp. 257-257