I Love The Beauty That Isn’t Mine: Ovid’s Metamorphoses
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Narcissus was a hunter from Thespiae in Boeotia who was known for his beauty. According to Tzetzes, he rejected all romantic advances, eventually falling in love with his own reflection in a pool of water, staring at it for the remainder of his life. After he died, in his place sprouted a flower bearing his name.

This episode explores how aspects of psychoanalysis, in particular, gender, sexuality, visual pleasure, as well as self and other,  are represented.

Recommended Reading:
Ovid, Metamorphoses 

This episode is able to be delivered to you in high quality because of the donation made by Donna Philips, Professor of Pro Tem at Citrus College, California.

In addition, this episode is dedicated to Dr. Vincent Farenga, Professor of Classics at University of Southern California. Part of the contents in this episode derive from his comparative literature 101 class called “Masterminds and Masterpieces,” taught  in 2019 fall semester when I was his teaching assistant. Prof. Farenga’s class, a survey of  Western canonical classics, has always remained one of the most enlightening lectures of all time. 

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