27 June 2019 from 10:30 to 11:30

PhD defence John Tholen: Guiding the reader to the Metamorphoses in the early modern Low Countries

Virgil Solis (1514-1562). Editie van de Metamorfosen uit 1565. Bron: Wikimedia
Virgil Solis (1514-1562). Edition of the Metamorphoses (1565). Source: Wikimidia

On June 27 John Tholen MA (Early Modern Literature) will defend his PhD thesis 'Ovidian Paratexts. Guiding the reader to the Metamorphoses in the early modern Low Countries' at the Academiegebouw.

In the Early Modern Period, Ovid's Metamorphoses was a popular text: printers in the sixteenth and seventeenth-century Low Countries printed no fewer than 108 editions. In Ovidian Paratexts, John Tholen investigates what these editions can tell us about the early modern application of the ancient text.

John Tholen MA
John Tholen MA

paratexts

Key to this research are paratexts: all elements that printers added to Ovid's text, such as a title page, an index, a preface, or a commentary. Analysis of these elements shows, for example, how editions guide readers to Ovid’s potentially subversive contents. In this way, the research shows how the material text can shed light on the early modern reception of antiquity.

Start date and time
27 June 2019 10:30
End date and time
27 June 2019 11:30
PhD candidate
John Tholen MA
Dissertation
Ovidian Paratexts. Guiding the reader to the Metamorphoses in the early modern Low Countries
PhD supervisor(s)
Prof. A.S.Q. Visser