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Two Rivers and the Reader in Ovid, "Metamorphoses" 8

Barbara Weiden Boyd
Transactions of the American Philological Association (1974-)
Vol. 136, No. 1 (Spring, 2006), pp. 171-206
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4543288
Page Count: 36
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Two Rivers and the Reader in Ovid, "Metamorphoses" 8
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Abstract

This paper examines the experience of the reader as she negotiates Ovid's "Metamorphoses", reflecting and responding to the complexity of the narrative in the process. The central book of the poem is the perfect point at which to explore the interrelationship of narrative and reader: both are in the ideal position to look forward and back. Where has this story (as well as the reader) come from? Where is it (as well as she) going? Both by its placement and by the narrative repetitions it enacts, "Metamorphoses" 8 invites the reader to make meaning from and so to navigate the labyrinth of the text.

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