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Victorian Women Writers and the Classics: The Feminine of Homer

Isobel Hurst


This book brings together two lines of enquiry in recent criticism: the reception of ancient Greece and Rome, and women as writers and readers in the 19th century. A classical education has been characterized as almost an exclusively male prerogative, but women writers had a greater imaginative engagement with classical literature than has previously been acknowledged. To offer a more accurate impression of the influence of the classics in Victorian women's literary culture, women's difficulties in gaining access to classical learning are explored through biographical and fictional representat ... More

Keywords: reception of ancient Greece, reception of Rome, classical education, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, George Eliot, novel, feminist, tragedy, epic

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199283514
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199283514.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Isobel Hurst, author
Lecturer in English and Classics, Universities of Oxford and Warwick
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