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Magical realism in Ovid's Metamorphoses

Robinson, Lorna Sophia; (2005) Magical realism in Ovid's Metamorphoses. Doctoral thesis , UCL (University College London). Green open access


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This thesis explores aspects of magical realism in Ovid's Metamorphoses . It uses the Cien anos de soledad of Gabriel Garcia Marquez as a comparative tool, examining narrative devices common to both texts; each chapter analyses an important feature of magical realist theory or technique. The first chapter studies the narrative methods that create magical realism, such as anachronism, hybridism and use of internal narrators. In the second chapter, the theory that magical realism arises from a clash of cultures is explored by analysing magical realist episodes in each text from a cultural perspective. The third chapter focuses exclusively on magical realism's connection to Latin America, while the fourth chapter uses case studies of characters from each text to examine how effectively the mode depicts reality. The final chapter investigates the representation of artists and creativity in each work. By exploring Ovid's poem using a modern critical theory, this thesis provides fresh insight into magical aspects of Metamorphoses and broadens the scope of magical realism as a literary term.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Title: Magical realism in Ovid's Metamorphoses
Identifier: PQ ETD:602476
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis digitised by ProQuest.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Greek and Latin
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1446551
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