Ovid’s Last Wor(l)d

Andreas N. Michalopoulos

in Two Thousand Years of Solitude

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199603848
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731587 | DOI:

Series: Classical Presences

Ovid’s Last Wor(l)d

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Christoph Ransmayr’s award-winning metaliterary novel The Last World (1991) presents readers with a Tomis where history and fantasy, reality and poetry, merge into a unique and unusual amalgam. Ransmayr’s Tomis, as this chapter argues, is a literary utopia, a non-place, whose inhabitants are literary personae from Ovid’s Metamorphoses brought to life only to re-enact their literary fate.This chapter investigates how Ransmayr deals with the major theme of Ovid’s absence, as Ovid is absent both from Rome and from the interpretation of his own work (and even from his very exile). Such conflict and the mutual exclusivity between the poet’s textual presence and bodily absence lie at the heart of this investigation into Ovid’s poetic corpus and its reception.

Keywords: Christoph Ransmayr; The Last World; Tomis; novel; utopia; absence; Metamorphoses

Chapter.  6252 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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