Violence, Trauma, and Virtus in Shakespeare’s Roman Poems and Plays

Transforming Ovid

  • Lisa S. Starks-Estes

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction

    1. Lisa S. Starks-Estes
      Pages 1-59
  3. Love’s Wound: Violence, Trauma, and Ovidian Transformation in Shakespeare’s Roman Poems and Plays

  4. Transforming Bodies: Trauma, Virtus, and the Limits of Neo-Stoicism in Shakespeare’s Roman Poems and Plays

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 184-236

About this book


Employing psychoanalysis, trauma theory, and materialist perspectives, this book examines Shakespeare's appropriations of Ovid's poetry in his Roman poems and plays. It argues that Shakespeare uses Ovid to explore violence, trauma, and virtus - the traumatic effects of aggression, sadomasochism, and the shifting notions of selfhood and masculinity.


novel poem poetry transformation William Shakespeare

Authors and affiliations

  • Lisa S. Starks-Estes
    • 1
  1. 1.University of South Florida St. PetersburgUSA

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