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    The Invention of Jane Harrison (Revealing Antiquity) (Hardback) By (author) Mary Beard

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    DescriptionJane Ellen Harrison (1850-1928) is the most famous female classicist in history, the author of books that revolutionised our understanding of Greek culture and religion. A star in the British academic world, she became the quintessential Cambridge woman - as Virginia Woolf suggested when, in "A Room of One's Own", she claims to have glimpsed Harrison's ghost in the college gardens. This innovative portrayal of a fascinating woman raises the question of who wins (and how) in the competition for academic fame. Mary Beard captures Harrison's ability to create her own image. and she contrasts her story with that of Eugene Sellers Strong, a younger contemporary and onetime intimate, the author of major work on Roman art and once a glittering figure at the British School in Rome - but who lost the race for renown. The setting for the story of Harrison's career is classical scholarship in this period - its internal arguments and allegiances and especially the influence of the anthropological strain most strikingly exemplified by Sir James Frazer. Questioning the common criteria for identifying intellectual "influence" and "movements", Beard exposes the mythology that is embedded in the history of classics. At the same time she provides a vivid picture of a sparkling intellectual scene.


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    Title
    The Invention of Jane Harrison
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Mary Beard
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 148 mm
    Height: 217 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 418 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780674002128
    ISBN 10: 0674002121
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.2
    BIC subject category V2: BG
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJ
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBKE
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET030
    Ingram Theme: CULT/BRITIS
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JH
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA
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    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    DC22: B
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAG
    BISAC V2.8: BIO022000
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP090
    Ingram Theme: SEXL/FEMINE, CHRN/LATE18, CHRN/ANCIEN, CULT/GREECE, CHRN/ERLY20
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010, BIO019000, BIO006000
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    DC21: 938.007202
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    Thema V1.0: DNB, NHD, NHC
    Publisher
    HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    03 July 2000
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge, Mass
    Review quote
    This volume is a substantial contribution to our knowledge of the life of Jane Harrison. Intellectually it belongs not to biography proper but to the genre of "Rezeptionsgeschichte." Its author is constantly, and refreshingly, alive to the nature of evidence...Here, in "The invention of Jane Harrison", the author designs to explore "the myth(s) of Jane Harrison," to determine how these myths were "constructed and reconstructed," and the purposes of revelation, dissimulation and occlusion of these myths. The author is, almost always, refreshingly alive to problems of social-anachronism...Dr. Beard's is an interesting book, excellently researched and usually sane and sensible, and well worth reading.--P. G. Naiditch "The Classical Bulletin "
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    JANE ELLEN HARRISON (1850-1928) is the most famous female Classicist in history, the author of books that revolutionized our understanding of Greek culture and religion. A star in the British academic world, she became the quintessential Cambridge woman -- as Virginia Woolf suggested when, in A Room of One's Own, she claims to have glimpsed Harrison's ghost in the college gardens.This lively and innovative portrayal of a fascinating woman raises the question of who wins (and how) in the competition for academic fame. Mary Beard captures Harrison's ability to create her own image. And she contrasts her story with that of Eugenie Sellers Strong, a younger contemporary and onetime intimate, the author of major work on Roman art and once a glittering figure at the British School in Rome -- but who lost the race for renown. The setting for the story of Harrison's career is Classical scholarship in this period -- its internal arguments and allegiances and especially the influence of the anthropological strain most strikingly exemplified by Sir James Frazer. Questioning the common criteria for identifying intellectual "influence" and "movements", Beard exposes the mythology that is embedded in the history of Classics. At the same time she provides a vivid picture of a sparkling intellectual scene. The Invention of Jane Harrison offers shrewd history and undiluted fun.