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Ovid and Adaptation in Early Modern English Theatre$
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Lisa S. Starks

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474430067

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474430067.001.0001

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Power, Emotion, and Appropriation in Ovid’s Tristia and Shakespeare’s Henry V

Power, Emotion, and Appropriation in Ovid’s Tristia and Shakespeare’s Henry V

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(p.147) Chapter 8 Power, Emotion, and Appropriation in Ovid’s Tristia and Shakespeare’s Henry V
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Ovid and Adaptation in Early Modern English Theatre
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Jennifer Feather

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474430067.003.0009

This chapter analyzes a relatively weak allusion to Ovid – Shakespeare and Ovid’s shared use of natural metaphors for emotional states – to understand the operation of authority in early modern dramatic adaptation. Both Ovid’s Tristia and Henry V are deep examinations of the workings of state power that analyze human feeling in terms of natural metaphors associated with particular locales. This chapter compares the language of cruelty in Ovid’s Tristia to Henry’s rhetoric of power in Henry V,arguing that Shakespeare appropriates Ovidian metaphor to imagine the emotive operation of hegemonic power. This appropriation enables audiences to see cruelty and sympathy operating in the register of emotional experiences that are geographically defined and provokes a consideration of the politics of appropriation.

Keywords:   Ovid, Shakespeare, Tristia, Henry V, emotion, state power, natural metaphors

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