The Life and Work of Jane Ellen Harrison

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Jane Ellen Harrison (1850-1928) was renowned for her work on Greek art and religion. In her application of anthropology to classical studies, she stirred up controversy among her academic colleagues, while, at the same time, influencing many writers, including Yeats, D. H. Lawrence, and Virginia Woolf. This, the first substantial biographical study of Harrison, chronicles the life and work of the first woman in modern England to make a name as a classical scholar, her involvement in controversy throughout her life, and her remarkable influence.

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"Robinson [has crafted] a cohesive and persuasive portrait of an extraordinary woman."—Modernism

"Harrison (1850-1928) is now considered one of the most brilliant, colorful, and complex women of her time, and certainly the most famous female classical scholar.... Robinson's biography gives us a little more insight into this enigmatic and fascinating woman of many myths."—English Literature in Transition 1880-1920

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199242337
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 10/3/2002
  • Pages: 340
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Annabel Robinson is Assistant Professor of Classics, University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

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Table of Contents

1. Origins; 1850-74
2. A Room of Her Own; Newnham College 1874-9
3. 'Salvationist for Greek Art': London 1879-86
4. Mythology and monuments: Greece and London, 1886-99
5. Women and Knowledge: Newnham 1898 - 1901
6. Ker and heiron: Jane Harrison and Gilbert Murray 1901-3
7. Prolegomena to the study of Greek religion: Newnham 1903-6
8. The Pillar and the Maiden: Newnham 1906-7
9. Crabbed age and youth: Cambridge 1908-9
10. Heresy and humanity; Cambridge 1907-10
11. Unanimism and Conversion: Cambridge and Europe 1910-14
12. Tout passe, tout casse, tout lasse: Cambridge and Paris 1914-16
13. Via crucis, via lucis: Cambridge, France, Spain, and London 1916-28

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