ERIC Number: ED244892
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Classics and Women's Studies. Working Paper No. 119.
Hallett, Judith P.
A consideration of classical study as an evolving profession includes discussion of classical content and methodology and an examination of the role of women both as objects of classical inquiry and as classical scholars. Material is arranged in three parts. In part A, classical content and scope are defined. The interdisciplinary and elitist nature of classical study and the meaning of philology are considered from ancient and modern perspectives. Part B examines basic assumptions and methods underlying the field of classics. The emphasis on a male elite in classical culture and literature and the resulting impact of Greco-Roman culture on Western tradition are analyzed. Also discussed are the traditional male dominance in classical scholarship and teaching and recent developments which have created a situation favorable to the study of women in antiquity. Part C outlines some of the problems involved in integrating women into the study of the classics. Problems in standard Greek and Latin translations, the lack of classical literature written by women and textbooks available for an introductory course on women in classical times are among the topics reviewed. (LP)
Descriptors: Ancient History, Classical Languages, Classical Literature, Course Content, Females, Feminism, Greek Civilization, Higher Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Latin, Linguistics, Males, Scholarship, Sex Role, Womens Studies
Center for Research on Women, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA 02181 ($3.50).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Wellesley Coll., MA. Center for Research on Women.
Note: For related documents on women and university courses, see SO 015 695-699.