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Beyond contested influence: disentangling Marlowe's Dido from the Virgil versus Ovid debate

Potter, Lucy; Cuthbertson, Galen


In this essay, we hope to begin a new chapter of Dido criticism that is disentangled from the Virgil versus Ovid debate that has stalled discussions of Marlowe’s play. We apply the modes of imitation that Thomas Greene develops in The Light in Troy to three fire episodes in Dido as the focal point for Marlowe’s imitative practice. We suggest that Marlowe rivals Virgil in Dido by metaphorically burning the Aeneid so that his play can arise from its precursor’s ashes, enacting the ‘shad[ing] off’...[Show more]

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Date published: 2019-04-10
Type: Journal article
Source: Classical Receptions Journal
DOI: 10.1093/crj/clz001


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