Francesca Martelli Flyer for a talk titled "Multispecies Temporalities in Ovid's Metamorphoses" on March 6, 2019 at 5pm

Francesca Martelli (UCLA) “Multispecies temporalities in Ovid’s Metamorphoses”

March 6, 2020 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

HSSB 4080.

A significant insight that we have gained from the idea of the Anthropocene is that the time of the human is entangled with that of the non-human in ways that we can no longer ignore. Ovid’s Metamorphoses contains material that speaks to this insight in a number of ways. Yet the poem’s interests in the temporalities of non-human species, are often overlooked by scholars whose anthropocentric bias leads them to focus exclusively on the linear narrative of human progress. In this paper, I seek to complicate their picture of time in the Metamorphoses by demonstrating how Ovid depicts a number of non-human species as knotted in time to the human, and by showing how this focus on their cycles of living and dying disrupts the poem’s linear chronology.


Martelli Event Flyer