NTC: Lessons in Love: Ovid's Influence on English Renaissance Poetry

Friday, November 11, 2011

9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Room 101

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Newberry Teachers' Consortium

Few writers were more influential to Renaissance poets than Ovid. Tudor schoolboys studied his poems from /The Metamorphoses/, rhetoricians used his poems as models of exemplary letter writing, and Renaissance dramatists and poets incorporated his stories into their greatest works. But how did Renaissance writers understand the profound violence at the heart of Ovid’s erotic poems? This seminar will begin with a brief discussion of the cultural significance of Ovid’s poetry in the Renaissance. Then, participants will then read two poems from Ovid’s Metamorphoses and two English Renaissance complaint poems to consider how Ovid’s stories of coercion and violence informed–and complicated–Renaissance notions of desire.

Seminar led by Joanne Diaz, Illinois Wesleyan University

Newberry Teachers’ Consortium is a subscription program open to Chicago-area teachers.