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Fantastic Metamorphoses, Other Worlds: Ways of Telling the Self

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Metamorphosis is a dynamic principle of creation, vital to natural processes of generation and evolution, growth and decay, yet it also threatens personal identity if human beings are subject to a continual process of bodily transformation. Shape-shifting also belongs in the landscape of magic, witchcraft, and wonder, and enlivens classical mythology, early modern fairy ta ...more
Paperback, 284 pages
Published March 11th 2004 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 2002)
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Heidi Garrett
Nov 05, 2014 Heidi Garrett rated it really liked it
This is a fascinating, truly fascinating, analysis of the metamorphic trends in literature, and how those trends are used in fiction to "tell" the self. It's divided into four parts. The first three: Mutating, Hatching, and Splitting covered a lot of new ground for me. The fourth section: Doubling, not so much. Mutating addressed the cross-pollination of ideas between cultures. Hatching dove more into issues of identity. Splitting provided an in-depth look at how Zombies came to be. Doubling cov ...more
Tara Calaby
This was a very surprising book to find in my local library, as opposed to a university library. It's written in quite an academic manner, so I doubt there would be much of an audience for it among town library patrons. (Then again, I borrowed it!) I was disappointed in the fact that it didn't delve much into the idea of emotional/mental metamorphoses, but there's some interesting stuff in here, especially for zombie aficionados ;)
Feb 29, 2008 Mira rated it liked it
The author explores the process of metamorphosis in the fantastical painter Hieronymus Bosch, native legends of the Taino people, butterflies, Zombies, Lewis Carroll and other cultural and natural oddities and wonders. Some brilliant ideas here but the academia-speak is a little tedious at times. Still, an often intriguing read.
Sep 05, 2008 Leah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Utterly fascinating--this book touches on topics ranging from butterflies to Bosch, from zombies to New World exploration, from Phillip Pullman to slavery to Ovid to cinema and Alice in Wonderland, all of which are bound up in the mysterious presentation of the self, and in the metamorphosis of the perception of the self over the last two thousand years.
Jul 18, 2010 Old-Barbarossa rated it liked it
Not as good as other stuff I've read of her's.
Interesting but heavy on the academic language, 4 words when 1 would do, and at times it seems very obvious that it was cobbled together from a few lectures.
Good illustrations and introduction.
A wonderful overview of change in literature and art. Warner focuseson how society is concerned with changed. She even deals with the rise of zombine literature. It is a rather interesting book.
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Marina Sarah Warner is a British novelist, short story writer, historian and mythographer. She is known for her many non-fiction books relating to feminism and myth.

She is a professor in the Department of Literature, Film and Theatre at the University of Essex, and gave the Reith Lectures on the BBC in 1994 on the theme of 'Managing Monsters: Six Myths of Our Time.'

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