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By Yopie Prins

In Ladies' Greek, Yopie Prins illuminates a tradition of lady classical literacy that emerged within the moment 1/2 the 19th century, throughout the formation of women's schools on each side of the Atlantic. Why did Victorian girls of letters wish to examine old Greek, a "dead" language written in an odd alphabet and now not spoken? within the phrases of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, they wrote "some Greek upon the margin—lady's Greek, with out the accents." but within the margins of classical scholarship they found alternative routes of realizing, and never figuring out, Greek. Mediating among specialist philology and the popularization of classics, those passionate amateurs turned a tremendous medium for classical transmission.

Combining archival learn at the access of ladies into Greek stories in Victorian England and the USA with a literary curiosity of their translations of Greek tragedy, Prins demonstrates how girls became to this style to accomplish a fondness for historic Greek, choked with eros and pathos. She specializes in 5 tragedies—Agamemnon, Prometheus Bound, Electra, Hippolytus, and The Bacchae—to learn quite a lot of translational practices by means of girls and to discover the continued legacy of girls' Greek. Key figures during this tale contain Barrett Browning and Virginia Woolf, Janet Case and Jane Harrison, Edith Hamilton and Eva Palmer, and A. Mary F. Robinson and H.D. The publication additionally positive factors various illustrations, together with photos of early performances of Greek tragedy at women's colleges.

The first comparative learn of Anglo-American Hellenism, Ladies' Greek opens up new views in transatlantic Victorian stories and the examine of classical reception, translation, and gender.

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