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Ladies' GreekVictorian Translations of Tragedy$
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Yopie Prins

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780691141893

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691141893.001.0001

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(p.233) Postface
Ladies' Greek

Yopie Prins

Princeton University Press

In this postface, the author reflects on how archives might be considered the site for her performance of translation using the example of Meta Glass, a woman who earned a Ph.D. in Latin and Greek from Columbia University in 1912. The traces of Meta Glass's reading are visible in abundant marginalia, dating from 1909, in her personal copy of Sophocles's tragedy Antigone. Meta Glass's edition has been photographed by artist Andrea Eis. This chapter, reflecting on the name of Meta Glass as a meta-narrative about Ladies' Greek, translates these photographs of her writing into an allegory for reading the Woman of Greek Letters. It also reads, or translates, the artfully enlarged photographs created by Eis, in her 2008 series entitled “Marginalia,” which superimpose the Meta Glass marginalia on fragmentary images of Greek sculptures. Finally, it considers the basic principles, or axioms, for reading Ladies' Greek.

Keywords:   archives, translation, Meta Glass, Sophocles, tragedy, Antigone, Andrea Eis, Ladies' Greek, photographs, Woman of Greek Letters

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