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Title: Chrysalis "Cuncta fluunt" : the Georgics and the metamorphoses in contemporary flux
Author: Halliday, Erin Sarah
ISNI:       0000 0004 2741 8490
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2012
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This thesis in Creative Writing comprises two components: a portfolio of poetry entitled Chrysalis, and an accompanying critical study. The study explores the creative 'flux' at work between classical models and contemporary translations, adaptations, and appropriations of such, consigning centrality to two classical texts of the Augustan Age: Virgil's fourth Georgic and Ovid's Metamorphoses. The contemporary renderings discussed include those by Seamus Heaney ('Orpheus and Eurydice'), Michael Longley ('Baucis & Philemon', 'Spiderwoman', 'Perdix', 'Ivory and Water', 'A Flowering', 'Phoenix', and 'According to Pythagoras'), and certain appropriations ofVirgil and Ovid contained in Chrysalis ('Bugonia', 'Pchela', and 'Washland'). The thesis establishes Georgics IV as an exemplar of a 'georgicism' that is subsequently demonstrated as pervading the succeeding texts through the transformation of such themes as pietas, labour, and regeneration, among others. The Orpheus and Eurydice story is highlighted as an embodiment of the concept of textual metamorphosis, as Virgil's account of the episode is re-worked by Ovid, and Ovid's version is reshaped by Heaney. The study finds recourse to employ translation theory as a means of examining intertextuality. It proceeds to draw further parallels between Orpheus and Eurydice and Ovid's Baucis and Philemon as they are represented in both the Metamorphoses and Longley's adaptation of such. The application of reader-response criticism offers a close reading of such motifs as the household and hospitality, theophany, and the marsh, among others; which would seem to invite a comparison of the two stories. An analysis of certain of my own poems that are engendered by the classical texts serves to propound a Christian reader response to the Latin models. In all, the investigation of the interconnectedness between and among the classical and the contemporary seeks to demonstrate the essential 'flux' that defines the textual metamorphosis of translation, adaptation, and appropriation.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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