By Barbara McManus,Judith P. Hallett,Christopher Stray
In this biography, Barbara McManus recovers the fascinating existence tale of Grace Harriet Macurdy (1866–1946), Professor of Greek at Vassar collage and the 1st girl classicist to concentration her scholarship at the lives of historical Greco-Roman girls. Fondly referred to as “the Drunken Duchess,” even though she by no means drank alcohol, Macurdy got here from a negative family members without social, financial, or academic merits. in addition, she struggled with incapacity for many years after changing into virtually absolutely deaf in her early fifties. but she grew to become an the world over identified Greek student with an extended record of courses and shut buddies as popular as Gilbert Murray and John Masefield.
Through Macurdy’s eyes and studies, McManus examines major matters and advancements from the past due 19th to the mid-twentieth century, corresponding to the hole of upper schooling to ladies, the erosion of gender and sophistication limitations within the professions, the fragile balancing act among own existence required of girls, the marginalized position of women’s schools in educational politics, and adjustments within the self-discipline and career of Classics according to the rising position of ladies and new social conditions.
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The Drunken Duchess of Vassar: Grace Harriet Macurdy, Pioneering Feminist Classical Scholar by Barbara McManus,Judith P. Hallett,Christopher Stray