On the Gods’ Revenge on Their Rivals in Ovid’s Metamorphoses by the Theory of Defamiliarization

Xiaohui Sui


This paper dwells on gods’ revenge on their challengers in Ovid’s Metamorphoses by the theory of defamiliarization. Through striping transformation and defamiliarization, this paper tries to reveal a series of stories about the defences of gods’ authority at the cost of blood and violence. It also deals with deep social problems revealed by these stories.


Metamorphoses; Defamiliarization; Revenge on challengers; Authority of gods

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.18282/l-e.v9i5.2097


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