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Ovid's Metamorphoses and the Sexual Politics of Translation in Early Modern England

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Journal publication date01/2003
JournalLiterature Compass
Journal number1
Volume1
Number of pages19
Pages1-19
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This article considers the relationship between women and Ovid's Metamorphoses in early modern England. Louise Schleiner states that one of ‘Englishwomen's favourite writings and modes of discourse to echo, tease into their texts, or handle revisionistically’ was ‘Ovid (the Metamorphoses, Heroides and the Amores in translation)’.1 But close, critical discussion of women's engagement with Ovid's Metamorphoses is a neglected area. Moving from context to text, the essay focuses on Mary Wortley Montagu's juvenile rendition of Ovid's myth of Latona (c. 1704) in order to explore the sexual politics of translation that govern Ovid's text at this time.