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Ars Audax: The Myth of the Flight of Icarus and Its Reception Since Antiquity

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Title: Ars Audax: The Myth of the Flight of Icarus and Its Reception Since Antiquity
Author: Wells, Jessica Rose
Advisor(s): Cyrino, Monica S.
Committee Member(s): Garcia, Lorenzo F. Jr
Nocentelli, Carmen
Department: University of New Mexico. Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literatures
Subject(s): Icarus
Ovid
Horace
Focalization
LC Subject(s): Ovid, 43 B.C.-17 or 18 A.D. -- Criticism and interpretation
Horace -- Criticism and interpretation
Icarus (Greek mythology) in literature
Degree Level: Masters
Abstract: When considering the reception of Icarus, scholars traditionally have not taken into account the focalizing character. In this thesis I argue that there are two divergent threads of reception for the Icarus myth, stemming from the versions in Ovid’s Ars Amatoria and Metamorphoses and in Horace’s Odes. I demonstrate that the manner in which each author employs Icarus — whether he is the object of focalization or the subject of focalization — and the manner in which each author employs the concept of audacia (“daring”) and makes use of sailing metaphors constitute distinct reception threads. I then trace these threads of reception through a selection of poetry, visual art, and music from the Early Modern era to the twenty-first century, and conclude that the narratological and linguistic nuances used by Ovid and Horace are traceable in both literature and art, and that each reception is responding to one ancient telling more than the other.
Graduation Date: May 2012
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/20795

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