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Ladies' Greek: Victorian Translations of Tragedy

Yopie Prins


This book illuminates a culture of female classical literacy that emerged in the second half of the nineteenth century, during the formation of women's colleges on both sides of the Atlantic. Why did Victorian women of letters desire to learn ancient Greek, a “dead” language written in a strange alphabet and no longer spoken? In the words of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, they wrote “some Greek upon the margin—lady's Greek, without the accents.” Yet in the margins of classical scholarship they discovered other ways of knowing, and not knowing, Greek. Mediating between professional philology and t ... More

Keywords: women, tragedy, translation, Ladies' Greek, female classical literacy, Victorian England, Greek studies, Greek, gender

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780691141893
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691141893.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Yopie Prins, author
University of Michigan