The Platonic Ass : Thomas Taylor's Cupid and Psyche in Context (1795–1822)

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Carver, Robert Henry Fielding. (2020). The Platonic Ass : Thomas Taylor's Cupid and Psyche in Context (1795–1822). In Cupid and Psyche - The Reception of Apuleius’ Love Story since 1600 pp. 119-146 De Gruyter. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110641585-009
AuthorsCarver, Robert Henry Fielding
Abstract

Apuleius’ tale of Cupid and Psyche has been popular since it was first written in the second century CE as part of his Latin novel Metamorphoses. Often treated as a standalone text, Cupid and Psyche has given rise to treatments in the last 400 years as diverse as plays, masques, operas, poems, paintings and novels, with a range of diverse approaches to the text.
Apuleius’ story of the love between the mortal princess Psyche (or “Soul”) and the god of Love has fascinated recipients as varied as Romantic poets, psychoanalysts, children’s books authors, neo-Platonist philosophers and Disney film producers. These readers themselves produced their own responses to and versions of the story. This volume is the first broad consideration of the reception of C&P in Europe since 1600 and an adventurous interdisciplinary undertaking. It is the first study to focus primarily on material in English, though it also ranges widely across literary genres in Italian, French and German, encompassing poetry, drama and opera as well as prose fiction and art history, studied by an international team of established and young scholars.
Detailed studies of single works and of whole genres make this book relevant for students of Classics, English, Art History, opera and modern film.

KeywordsClassical Studies; Classical Tradition and Reception; Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies
Page range119-146
Year01 Jan 2020
Book titleCupid and Psyche - The Reception of Apuleius’ Love Story since 1600
PublisherDe Gruyter
Place of publicationGermany
Edition1
ISBN978-3-11-064200-1
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110641585-009
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Online2020
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Deposited19 Jan 2024
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