She's All That: Ovid's ivory statue and the legacy of Pygmalion on film

James, Paula (2003). She's All That: Ovid's ivory statue and the legacy of Pygmalion on film. Classical Bulletin, 79(1) pp. 63–91.

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Abstract

exploring the way that a film about an illusory perfect woman can enlighten us as to a range of meanings in the ancient text which tells the myth. Different cultural filters affect the modern visualisations but there are many complex layers in the Ovid epic where the Pygmalion story appears including issues of narrative voice, gender stereotypes, playing god and unexpected and tragic outcomes of creating artificial life or making over women as objects of desire.

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