Metamorphosis: The Changing Face of Ovid in Medieval and Early Modern Europe

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Alison Keith is Professor of Classics and Women’s Studies, Medieval Studies, and Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto. She is the author of The Play of Fictions: Studies in Ovid’s Metamorphoses (Ann Arbor 1992) and Engendering Rome: Women in Latin Epic (Cambridge 2000), and has written extensively on gender and genre in Latin literature and the construction of gender in Roman culture.

Stephen Rupp is Associate Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature, and Chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Toronto. He is the author of Allegories of Kingship: Calderón and the Anti-Machiavellian Tradition (Penn State 1996) and articles on early modern Spanish drama and Cervantes.

350 pp. 
ISBN: 978-0-7727-2035-1 softcover
Published: 2007


“This collection of fifteen essays examines the literary influence of Ovid’s Metamorphoses from the late Middle Ages to the seventeenth century. Such notable authors as Christine de Pizan, Gower, Chaucer, Petrarch, Scève, Cervantes, Góngora, and Milton are explored. By concentrating on Ovid’s most influential work, the volume fills a specific niche in the general literature of classical influences in medieval and early modern Europe.” – David Marsh, Rutgers University

Annali d’Italianistica, 28 (2010), p. 521. Reviewed by Lorenza Bennardo.

French Studies, 64:1 (January 2010), pp. 76-77. Reviewed by Helen J. Swift.

The Journal of English and Germanic Philology, 109:1 (January 2010), pp. 124-125. Reviewed by Craig Kallendorf.

Medium Aevum,78:1 (Spring-Summer 2009), p. 173.

Modern Philology, 108:4 (May 2011), pp. E228-E231. Reviewed by Warren Ginsberg.

Renaissance Quarterly, 61:3 (Fall 2008), pp. 1000-1002. Reviewed by Anthony DiMatteo.



1. Alison Keith and Stephen Rupp, “After Ovid: Classical, Medieval, and Early Modern Receptions of the Metamorphoses"
2. Frank T. Coulson, “Ovid’s Transformations in Medieval France (ca. 1100-ca. 1350)"
3. Marilynn Desmond, “The Goddess Diana and the Ethics of Reading in the Ovide moralisé"
4. Suzanne Conklin Akbari, “Metaphor and Metamorphosis in the Ovide moralisé and Christine de Pizan’s Mutacion de Fortune"
5. Patricia Zalamea, “At the Ovidian Pool: Christine de Pizan’s Fountain of Wisdom as a Locus for Vision"
6. Kathryn McKinley, “Lessons for a King from Gower’s Confessio amantis 5"
7. Jamie C. Fumo, “Argus’ Eyes, Midas’ Ears, and the Wife of Bath as Storyteller"
8. Thomas Willard, “The Metamorphoses of Metals: Ovid and the Alchemists"
9. Cora Fox, “Authorising the Metamorphic Witch: Ovid in Reginald Scot’s Discoverie of Witchcraft"
10. Gur Zak, “A Humanist in Exile: Ovid’s Myth of Narcissus and the Experience of Self in Petrarch’s Secretum"
11. Cynthia Nazarian, “Actaeon ego sum: Ovidian Dismemberment and Lyric Voice in Petrarch and Maurice Scève”
12. Julia Branna Perlman, “Venus, Myrrha, Cupid and/as Adonis: Metamorphoses 10 and the Artistry of Incest”
13. R. John McCaw, “Transforming Phaethon: Cervantes, Ovid, and Sancho Panza’s Wild Ride”
14. Sanda Munjic, “A Reflection on Greed Through Bird Imagery: An Ovidian Pre-Text in Góngora’s Solitudes
15. Maggie Kilgour, “Changing Ovid”