Ovid’s Metamporphoses (1st c. Roman) and Thomas Malory’s Le Morte Darthur (15th c. English) meet thematically in their use of the marvelous forest of dangerous duplicity, a locus for physical and mental transformation. I trace the historical divergence and convergence between Ovid and Malory through the literary-philosophical concept of the marvelous, expressed though themes of madness, the uncanny and the mythic motif of the labyrinth.
Stein, Joanna S., "The Ambiguous Forest: Marvelous Landscapes in Ovid’s Metamorphoses and Thomas Malory’s Le Morte Darthur" (2006). Honors Projects. Paper 4.
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