When the Text Becomes the Teller: Apuleius and the Metamorphoses

Abstract

This article analyzes Apuleius’ Metamorphoses and the ways in which it enacts storytelling on both a contextual and a formal level. Gorman argues that Apuleius creates an alternative countercultural audience for his text, one that resists the Romanization process on the margins of the empire. By questioning the historical moment of production and exploring the political dynamics incorporated into the Metamorphoses, she emphasizes the power of the intermediary genre of storytelling, situated between the highly formal epic and the less rule-bound novel.

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