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Ladies' Greek : Victorian Translations of Tragedy / Yopie Prins.

Author/Creator:
Prins, Yopie author.
Publication:
Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, [2017]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource : 30 halftones.
Subjects:
English drama -- Greek influences.
Greek drama (Tragedy) -- Translations into English -- History and criticism.
Greek drama (Tragedy) -- History and criticism -- Theory, etc.
Women and literature -- History.
Women and literature -- Greece -- History -- To 1500.
Language:
In English.
System Details:
Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
In Ladies' Greek, Yopie Prins illuminates a culture of female classical literacy that emerged in the second half of the nineteenth century, during the formation of women's colleges on both sides of the Atlantic. Why did Victorian women of letters desire to learn ancient Greek, a "dead" language written in a strange alphabet and no longer spoken? In the words of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, they wrote "some Greek upon the margin-lady's Greek, without the accents." Yet in the margins of classical scholarship they discovered other ways of knowing, and not knowing, Greek. Mediating between professional philology and the popularization of classics, these passionate amateurs became an important medium for classical transmission.Combining archival research on the entry of women into Greek studies in Victorian England and America with a literary interest in their translations of Greek tragedy, Prins demonstrates how women turned to this genre to perform a passion for ancient Greek, full of eros and pathos. She focuses on five tragedies-Agamemnon, Prometheus Bound, Electra, Hippolytus, and The Bacchae-to analyze a wide range of translational practices by women and to explore the ongoing legacy of Ladies' Greek. Key figures in this story include Barrett Browning and Virginia Woolf, Janet Case and Jane Harrison, Edith Hamilton and Eva Palmer, and A. Mary F. Robinson and H.D. The book also features numerous illustrations, including photographs of early performances of Greek tragedy at women's colleges.The first comparative study of Anglo-American Hellenism, Ladies' Greek opens up new perspectives in transatlantic Victorian studies and the study of classical reception, translation, and gender.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Illustrations
Preface
Introduction
Chapter One. The Spell of Greek
Chapter Two. ΙΩ in Prometheus Bound
Chapter Three. The Education of Electra
Chapter Four. Hippolytus in Ladies' Greek (with the Accents)
Chapter Five. Dancing Greek Letters
Postface
Notes
Bibliography
Index
Notes:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 08. Jul 2019)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
ISBN:
9781400885749
OCLC:
980844228
Publisher Number:
10.1515/9781400885749 doi
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.
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