Witches, Isis and Narrative : Approaches to Magic in Apuleius' "Metamorphoses" / Stavros Frangoulidis.
- Berlin ; Boston : De Gruyter, 
- Trends in classics. Supplementary volumes ; v. 2.
Trends in Classics - Supplementary Volumes ; 2
1 online resource (270 p.)
- Apuleius. Metamorphoses.
Magic in literature.
Witches in literature.
- Electronic books.
- This is the first in-depth study of Apuleius' Metamorphoses to look at the different attitudes characters adopt towards magic as a key to deciphering the complex dynamics of the entire work. The variety of responses to magic is unveiled in the narrative as the protagonist Lucius encounters an assortment of characters, either in embedded tales or in the main plot. A contextualized approach illuminates Lucius' relatively good fortune when compared to other characters in the novel - this results from his involvement with the magic of a sorcerer's apprentice, rather than that of a real witch, and signals the possibility of eventual salvation. A careful investigation of Lucius' attitude towards Isis in book 11 and his relationship with the witch-slave girl Photis earlier on suggests that the novel's final book may be read as a second "Metamorphoses", consciously rewritten from a positive perspective. Last but not least, the book also breaks new ground by examining the narrative structure of the Metamorphoses against the background of the typical plotline found in the ideal romance. The comparison shows how Apuleius both follows and alters this plot, exploiting the genre to his own specific ends, in keeping with his central theme of metamorphosis.
Text and Figure Acknowledgements
Chapter 1. The Onos versus Apuleius' Metamorphoses
Chapter 2. Lucius versus Socrates and Aristomenes
Chapter 3. Lucius' and Milo's Tales of Diophanes and Asinius' Prophecy: Internal Readers and the Author
Chapter 4. Lucius versus Thelyphron
Chapter 5. The Tale of Cupid and Psyche as a Mythic Variant of the Novel
Chapter 6. 'War' in Magic and Lovemaking
Chapter 7. Lucius' Metamorphosis into an Ass as a Narrative Device
Chapter 8. Rewriting Metamorphoses 1 - 10: The Isis Book
Chapter 9. Transforming the Genre: Apuleius' Metamorphoses
Appendix: Lucius' Metamorphic Change and Entrance into a New Life as a Metaphorical Representation of the Sailing of Isis' Ship
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Includes bibliography and indices.
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- 10.1515/9783110210033 doi
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