Victorian Women Writers and the Classics: The Feminine of Homer by Isobel HurstVictorian Women Writers and the Classics: The Feminine of Homer by Isobel Hurst

Victorian Women Writers and the Classics: The Feminine of Homer

byIsobel Hurst

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Isobel Hurst examines the role of women writers in the Victorian reception of ancient Greece and Rome, showing that they had a greater imaginative engagement with classical literature than has previously been acknowledged. The restrictions which applied to women's access to classical learningliberated them from the repressive and sometimes alienating effects of a traditional classical education. Women writers' reworkings of classical texts serve a variety of purposes: to validate women's claims to authorship, to demand access to education, to highlight feminist issues through theheroines of ancient tragedy, to repudiate the warrior ethos of ancient epic.
Isobel Hurst is a Lecturer in English and Classics at the Universities of Oxford and Warwick.
Title:Victorian Women Writers and the Classics: The Feminine of HomerFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.63 inPublished:April 24, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199541671

ISBN - 13:9780199541676

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Encounters with the ancient world in nineteenth-century literature2. Classical training for the woman writer3. `Unscrupulously epic'4. Classics and the family in the Victorian novel5. Greek heroines and the wrongs of women6. Revising the VictoriansConclusion