The Transmission of Ovid’s Arachne Metamorphosis in Jeremias Gotthelf’s Die Schwarze Spinne

@article{Gallagher2008TheTO,
  title={The Transmission of Ovid’s Arachne Metamorphosis 
in Jeremias Gotthelf’s Die Schwarze Spinne},
  author={David Gallagher},
  journal={Neophilologus},
  year={2008},
  volume={92},
  pages={699-711}
}
In Ovid’s Metamorphoses, the pagan goddess Pallas Athene initiates the grotesque metamorphosis of Arachne, but this metamorphosis has been transmitted via legends such as Der Geist im Glas, Die Spinne auf der Heidenburg, the Rohrbacher Sage Vo dr schwarze Spinnele and stories such as Langbein’s Die schwarze Spinne, so that it now operates in Gotthelf’s Biedermeier novella Die schwarze Spinne (1842) in a Christian allegorical mode. Gotthelf’s story shares with Ovid the motif of the change of the…