Feminist Impact on the Arts and Sciences Series: Classics and Feminism / Edition 1

Feminist Impact on the Arts and Sciences Series: Classics and Feminism / Edition 1

by Gale
     
 

ISBN-10: 0805797572

ISBN-13: 9780805797572

Pub. Date: 03/21/1997

Publisher: Gale Group

Classics and Feminism is the first book-length study of the impact of modern feminism on the discipline and profession of classics in the United States. Combining a wide-ranging overview of historical and current developments with in-depth analysis and examples, the book has relevance for anyone interested in the role of feminism in the academy. Because the history of…  See more details below

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Classics and Feminism is the first book-length study of the impact of modern feminism on the discipline and profession of classics in the United States. Combining a wide-ranging overview of historical and current developments with in-depth analysis and examples, the book has relevance for anyone interested in the role of feminism in the academy. Because the history of classics has been so deeply implicated in androcentric structures of knowledge and patriarchal social patterns, it illustrates with exceptional clarity many issues endemic to academic feminism as a whole. Barbara F. McManus provides an illuminating analysis of the complex gender performance demanded of academic women as "disembodied scholars." She defines and illustrates the distinctive aspects of a feminist approach to scholarship and argues that gender analysis is crucially important in traditionally masculine areas as well as in the study of women. She explains the theoretical and methodological principles developed by feminist classical scholars seeking to recover information about women from scanty and scattered evidence filtered through centuries of patriarchal interpretation. McManus envisions the relationship of feminism and classics as a complex chorus of many voices singing in counterpoint. She argues that feminism's impact on classics has been radical but not revolutionary, leading to a redirection of the discipline and a redefining of professional boundaries. The last chapter of the book presents many individual classicists from across the country who eloquently describe the way feminism has influenced their perceptions, teaching, and scholarship.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805797572
Publisher:
Gale Group
Publication date:
03/21/1997
Series:
Feminist Impact on the Arts and Sciences Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.42(w) x 9.59(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
1The Gendering of "The Classics"1
2The Gendering of the Classicist20
3Classical Scholarship: Singing in Answer49
4Transgendered Moments: Revisiting Vergil's Aeneid91
5Communicating Classics and Feminism119
Tables and Figures141
Notes162
References178
Index195

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