Ovid and Ignorance: Gender, Sexuality and Alterity in the Metamorphoses and the Heroides

  • Halley Zenobia Fulford University of Victoria


Explores the way in which Ovid’s use of ignorance as a thematic element in Metamorphoses and Heroides opens up space for an excess of implicit narratives beyond the surface of the plot and argues that these narratives work against the dominant norm by being sympathetic to characters and subjects that are typically forced into positions of alterity, and ultimately by exploring non-normative sexuality. 

Author Biography

Halley Zenobia Fulford, University of Victoria
English/Theatre Undergraduate


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