Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

Updating the Classics: Ovid, Emma Tennant's Philomela and the Intertextual Link

María Losada Friend


This paper explores some of the theoretical and practical possibilities of intertextual devices attending specifically to those strategies used when rewriting classical texts. Taking into account the critical explanations that, historically, have tried to decipher the use and abuse of classical sources, this study focuses on one of the endless cases where contemporary authors plunge into a well-known author’s work offering serious and committed readings. This article specifically analyses Emma Tennant’s achievement in her rewriting of Philomela’s myth and her significant departure from Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Her work proves to be a clear and direct statement of her rebellious understanding of the myth.

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