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Liz Norton is a wordsmith and speaker with a background in academia and a passion for inspiring change through motivational mentoring
AUTHOR: Liz Norton
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Liz Norton is a professional speaker, author and copywriter. She has a PhD in Classical and Archaeological studies from the University of Kent and has worked in PR and marketing for the past six years.
She is an accomplished networker and works to help others find the drive and confidence to use networking and public speaking to their own professional advantage.
Diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at six weeks old, Liz has gone on to professional and personal success, despite dealing with considerable emotional and physical challenges.
She now uses her own life experiences to help others find the motivation and drive to overcome their own problems and to move towards their goals.
By first examining the origins of ecphrasis as a rhetorical trope, as well as its association with simile, the author provides an historical context on which to base a discussion of Ovid's own use of the device. Consideration is given to recent theoretical approaches to the subject, as well as to a selection of ancient texts that may have influenced Ovid's work. After this, a more in-depth examination of relevant passages within the Metamorphoses is undertaken. The author concludes by considering the benefits of an intertextual approach to the material, as well as looking at the extent to which Ovid's determination to both allude to and outdo his predecessors, influenced the style and substance of his work. In looking at the links between the literary and plastic arts, the reader is invited to consider the possibility that Ovid's pre-occupation with artists and artistic endeavours makes the Metamorphoses itself both an extended ecphrasis and a commentary on Ovid's obsession with his own artistry.
Dr Norton has published a splendid book on ecphrasis in Ovid, which is invaluable in its synthesis of scholarship on the technique of ecphrasis itself and the sophisticated way in which Ovid employs it in his epic poem, Metamorphoses