Women Classical Scholars: Unsealing the Fountain from the Renaissance to Jacqueline de Romilly

Rosie Wyles, Edith Hall
Oxford University Press, 2016 - 465 páginas
Women Classical Scholars: Unsealing the Fountain from the Renaissance to Jacqueline de Romilly is the first written history of the pioneering women born between the Renaissance and 1913 who played significant roles in the history of classical scholarship. Facing seemingly insurmountableobstacles from patriarchal social systems and educational institutions - from learning Latin and Greek as a marginalized minority, to being excluded from institutional support, denigrated for being lightweight or over-ambitious, and working in the shadows of husbands, fathers, and brothers - theynevertheless continued to teach, edit, translate, analyse, and elucidate the texts left to us by the ancient Greeks and Romans.In this volume twenty essays by international leaders in the field chronicle the lives of women from around the globe who have shaped the discipline over more than five hundred years. Arranged in broadly chronological order from the Italian, Iberian, and Portuguese Renaissance through to theStalinist Soviet Union and occupied France, they synthesize illuminating overviews of the evolution of classical scholarship with incisive case-studies into often overlooked key figures: some, like Madame Anne Dacier, were already famous in their home countries but have been neglected in previous,male-centred accounts, while others have been almost completely lost to the mainstream cultural memory. This book identifies and celebrates them - their frustrations, achievements, and lasting records; in so doing it provides the classical scholars of today, regardless of gender, with the femaleintellectual ancestors they did not know they had.

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List of Contributors
Introduction Approaches to the Fountain
Learned Women of the Renaissance and Early Modern Period in Italy and England The Relevance of their Scholarship
Hic sita Sigea est satis hoc Luisa Sigea and the Role of D Maria Infanta of Portugal in Female Scholarship
Ménages Learned Ladies Anne Dacier 16471720 and Anna Maria van Schurman 16071678
Anne Dacier 1681 Renée Vivien 1903 Or What Does it Mean for a Woman to Translate Sappho?
Intellectual Pleasure and the Woman Translator in Seventeenth and Eighteenthcentury England
Margaret Alford 5 September 186829 May 1951 The Unknown Pioneer
Elis Daughters Female Classics Graduate Students at Yale 18921941
Ada Sara Adler The Greatest Woman Philologist of Her Time
Olga Freidenberg A Creative Mind Incarcerated
An Unconventional Classicist The Work and Life of Kathleen Freeman
A M Dale
Betty Radice and the Survival of Classics
Simone Weil Receiving the Iliad

Confined and Exposed Elizabeth Carters Classical Translations
This is Not a ChapterAbout Jane Harrison Teaching Classics at Newnham College 18821922
Classical Education and the Advancement of African American Women in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
Grace Harriet Macurdy 18661946 Redefining the Classical Scholar
Greek and Roman Ways and Thoroughfares The Routing of Edith Hamiltons Classical Antiquity
Jacqueline de Romilly
Afterword Keeping the Fountain in Flow
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Rosie Wyles has been a Lecturer in Classical History and Literature at the University of Kent since 2014, having previously held posts at the University of Oxford, the National University of Ireland Maynooth, the University of Nottingham, and King's College London. Her research interests include Greek and Roman performance arts, costume, reception studies within antiquity and beyond, and gender. Her monograph Costume in Greek Tragedy was published in 2011; she has also published chapters on ancient performance and its reception in several collected volumes and her study of Madame Dacier's translations of Aristophanes will be included in the forthcoming Brill's Companion to the Reception of Aristophanes.

After holding posts at universities including Oxford, Cambridge, and Durham, Edith Hall took up a chair in Classics at King's College London in 2012. She has published more than twenty books on diverse aspects of ancient Greek and Roman literature and its reception and is a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio and consultant to professional theatre companies, including the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre. Her most recent book, Introducing the Ancient Greeks, was published by Bodley Head in 2015, in which year she was also awarded the 2015 Erasmus Prize of the European Academy for her contribution to international research.

This book represents the editors' second collaboration, having previously co-edited the volume New Directions in Ancient Pantomime for Oxford University Press in 2008. The book was met with critical acclaim on publication and one essay was selected as Best Article for 2008 by the Women's Classical Caucus.

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