Literature and Identity in the Golden Ass of Apuleius
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: The Ohio State University Press
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Title Page, Copyright
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...1.4 Between philosophy and entertainment: Astonishment (ut mireris) 36...
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I volunteered to translate this book because, as a classicist interested in Apuleius, I found it to be one of the most useful and stimulating pieces of Apuleian scholarship I had come across in years. Above all it synthesizes and makes reference to many European studies of Apuleius that are not always easily accessible to the American reader. I hope this translation will help nar-...
author’s note to the english translation
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There is no rest, it seems, for Apuleian scholarship, and indeed this wide-spread interest testifies to the appeal of studying the Metamorphoses. In the few years since the original publication of this volume, several important monographs and journal papers have appeared, and even more are expected in the near future. Besides all these published and forthcoming studies, more ...
preface and acknowledgments
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For many years now, the Metamorphoses of Apuleius has garnered a remark-able 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. Apuleius’ pursuit of a highly complex and elaborate narrative style is in fact combined with a sort of ...
1. A Sweet Poetics
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T here 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. Even its correct name is obscure: as far as we know, there was no single term, unambiguously used by ancient readers and authors, to identify those works we normally define as “novels”—a term ...
2. Old Wives' Tales and Servile Pleasures
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...we hAve deTermIned what sort of images and ideas are sug-gested 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 fas-cination of a sweet voice can be dangerous, something which it might be better to resist. As I already noted in § 1.4, we need to take into account the possibility that the prologue offers only an incomplete or biased representa-...
3. Metamorphoses of Genres
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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 simi-larities, of course, we cannot ignore the pronounced differences between literary genres—for example, the narrative structure of the novel is usually longer and far more complex than the narrative structure of a philosophi-...
4. Greece, Rome, Africa
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In The PreCedIng ChAPTerS I approached the problem of iden-tity 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. In my opin-ion, this context suggests that Apuleius intended his work to have far more meaning than merely to provide a pleasant form of entertainment. Finally, ...
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Page Count: 296
Publication Year: 2012