Banished by the emperor Augustus in AD 8 from Rome to the far-off shores of Romania, the poet Ovid stands at the head of the Western tradition of exiled authors. In his Tristia (Sad Things) and Epistulae ex Ponto (Letters from the Black Sea), Ovid records his unhappy experience of political, cultural, and linguistic displacement from his homeland.
Two Thousand Years of Solitude: Exile After Ovid is an interdisciplinary study of the impact of Ovid's banishment upon later Western literature, exploring responses to Ovid's portrait of his life in exile. For a huge variety of writers throughout the world in the two millennia after his exile, Ovid has performed the role of archetypal exile, allowing them to articulate a range of experiences of disgrace, dislocation, and alienation; and to explore exile from a number of
perspectives, including both the personal and the fictional.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 598 g
Dimensions: 224 x 145 x 25 mm
beautifully edited by Ingleheart, whose presence is evident throughout in the frequent acknowledgments of her contributions to individual papers. Indeed, unlike many conference proceedings, the papers are characterized by fruitful cross-references between participants. * Theodore Ziolkowski, Translation and Literature *
[a] fascinating volume ... The Ovidian exile(s) that emerge(s) from these pages are as many and as varied as the sum of the authors discussed and the scholars discussing them, serving to enrich the target readers own conception of the first, multi-faceted, star-crossed poet of exile. * Jo-Marie Claassen, CJ-Online *