The Invention of Jane Harrison (Hardback)
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Short Description for The Invention of Jane Harrison This portrayal of Jane Ellen Harrison raises the question of who wins (and how) in the competition for academic fame. The author captures Harrison's ability to create her own image, and contrasts it with the story of Eugenie Sellers Strong, a younger competitor.
- Published: 03 July 2000
- Format: Hardback 256 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780674002128 ISBN 10: 0674002121
Full description for The Invention of Jane Harrison
Jane 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.