Distanz und Bedeutung. Ovids 'Metamorphosen' und die Frage der Ironie.
Winter, Heidelberg, 2009. 200p. Bound. ''Distanz und Bedeutung' dovetails nicely with the important recent work of scholars such as Barchiesi, Rosati and Hardie, while also acknowledging the seminal contributions of von Albrecht, Otis, Galinsky and others. Does Krupp’s analysis prove that in the 'Metamorphoses' Ovid is a heavily ironic poet? In a sense, even though he analyzes only select episodes, it does. Krupp does not insist that every episode has an ironic quality. Rather, his point is that when Ovid chooses to employ irony, he can do so with the best of them. Admittedly, some of Krupp’s analyses are stronger than others (e.g., his treatment of Narcissus and Echo is particularly good). His exegesis of theory, if less appealing than his application of it to his many well-thought-out analyses of passages, is nevertheless useful. All in all, Krupp is at his best when he balances theory and text, which he does, for the most part, successfully. By emphasizing Ovid’s ironic qualities, Krupp has neatly carved out a place for 'Distanz und Bedeutung', which represents an important and welcome contribution to Ovidian scholarship.' (R. ALDEN SMITH in Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2011.10.60).