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Narrative Techniques and Narrative Structures in the Metamorphoses

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The Ovidian poem narrates the story of a world in which many of the characters in their turn participate in offering narratives to a particular audience. The attention given by scholars to narrative techniques and the reflexive attitude of the Metamorphoses, progressing from the narratological studies developed in the wake of structuralism between the beginning of the 1970s and the first half of the 80s, has opened up new perspectives on the interpretation of both individual episodes and the entire poem. The problem of time in the Metamorphoses is nowadays seen to be among the most complex and interesting aspects of the poem. The text of the Metamorphoses too is a place in which a polyphony of autonomous, biased, and distorted voices resounds, and in which the external narrator refuses to make distinctions and impose order.

Keywords: Metamorphoses; narrative techniques; Ovidian poem



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