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- DescriptionThe prevailing assumption regarding the Victorians\u2019 relationship to ancient Greece is that Greek kwledge constituted an exclusive discourse within elite male domains. Heretical Hellenism: Women Writers, Ancient Greece, and the Victorian Popular Imagination challenges that theory and argues that while the information women received from popular sources was fragmentary and often fostered intellectual insecurities, it was precisely the ineffability of the Greek world refracted through popular sources and reconceived through new fields of study that appealed to women writers\u2019 imaginations. Examining underconsidered sources such as theater history and popular journals, Shanyn Fiske uncovers the many ways that women acquired kwledge of Greek literature, history, and philosophy without formal classical training. Through discussions of women writers such as Charlotte Bront\u00eb, George Eliot, and Jane Harrison, Heretical Hellenism demonstrates that women established the foundations of a heretical challenge to traditional humanist assumptions about the uniformity of classical kwledge and about women\u2019s place in literary history. Heretical Hellenism provides a historical rationale for a more expansive definition of classical kwledge and offers an interdisciplinary method for understanding the place of classics both in the nineteenth century and in our own time.
- Author BiographyShanyn Fiske is an assistant professor of English at Rutgers University at Camden. She is the author of articles on Charlotte Bronte, Jane Harrison, Charles Dickens, and Alicia Little.
- Author(s)Shanyn Fiske
- PublisherOhio University Press
- Date of Publication15/10/2008
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationOhio
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintOhio University Press
- Weight499 g
- Width3887 mm
- Height5817 mm
- Spine23 mm
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