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Compromising Traditions : The Personal Voice in Classical Scholarship - Judith P. Hallett

Compromising Traditions

The Personal Voice in Classical Scholarship

By: Judith P. Hallett (Editor)

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Scholars in modern languages and literatures have enthusiastically embraced the use of the "personal voice", the explicitly autobiographical performance within the act of criticism. However on both sides of the Atlantic, venerable traditions of Classical scholarship, among them, unusually rigid taboos against speaking of oneself in print, have deterred classicists at the earlier stages of their careers from engaging in serious self-reflection as they offer new interpretations of ancient Greek and Roman texts and thought. Indebted to the insights of feminist and post-structuralist writing, the use of the personal voice challenges the traditional notion of the objective critic who analyzes texts from a disinterested and universally relevant perspective. Compromising Traditions: The Personal Voice in Classical Scholarship is the first collection of theoretically informed autobiographical writing in the field of classical studies. An intellectual debate involving both American and British classicists, its contributors represent a wide range of academic institutions, areas of specialization and theoretical approaches. All, however, share the goal of creating a more expansive and authoritative form of classical scholarship which acknowledges distinctive differences amongst its practitioners as vital sources of strength.

Introduction / Judith P. Hallett -- 1. Who do I think I am? / Thomas Van Nortwick -- 2. Reading and re-reading the helpful princess / Judith de Luce -- 3. Personal plurals / Susanna Morton Braund -- 4. False things which seem like the truth / Vanda Zajko -- 5. Proper voices: writing the writer / Charles A. Martindale -- 6. Getting personal about Euripides / Patricia Moyer -- 7. Writing as an American in classical scholarship / Judith P. Hallett -- 8. A response / Charles Rowan Beye -- 9. The authority of experience / Susan Ford Wiltshire -- 10. Conclusion: what is classical scholarship for? / Thomas Van Nortwick.

ISBN: 9780203130681
ISBN-10: 0203130685
Format: PDF
Language: English
Published: 5th December 1996