Classics and Feminism, 1st Edition

  • Barbara F. McManus
  • Published By:
  • ISBN-10: 0805797572
  • ISBN-13: 9780805797572
  • DDC: 480
  • Shipping Weight: 1.05 lbs ( .48 kgs)
  • 222 Pages | Print | Hardcover
  • © 1997 | Published



Studies 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. Provides an illuminating analysis of the complex gender performance demanded of academic women as "disembodied scholars." 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. 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.