Holding the Reins: Miss Ernst and Twentieth-Century Classics

Hilbold, Ilse Caroline Abigail; Simon, Laura Sarah; Späth, Thomas (2017). Holding the Reins: Miss Ernst and Twentieth-Century Classics. Classical Receptions Journal, 9(4), pp. 487-506. Oxford University Press 10.1093/crj/clx008

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Prosopographical research on the history of classical studies since the nineteenth century makes only scant reference to women who played an active role in academia. Closer scrutiny, however, reveals that female academics performed key functions: our paper focuses on Juliette Ernst (1900–2001), who edited the Année Philologique for almost sixty years and who, as Secretary-General of the International Federation of Associations of Classical Studies (Fédération Internationale des Associations d’Études Classiques, FIEC), played a key role in international classical studies for twenty-five years. Adopting a biographical approach, we analyze the conditions of Ernst’s scientific activities to explore a woman’s scope of action in male-dominated twentieth-century classical studies. We also discuss biography as a method for a gender-oriented history of science. We study the relationship between the external image of women academics and their self-image. Finally, we consider how the ‘biographical illusion’ involved in retroactively constructing a coherent life might be avoided to identify the supra-individual conditions and the action taken by individual women in the field of classical studies.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Other Institutions > Walter Benjamin Kolleg (WBKolleg)
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of History and Archaeology > Institute of History
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of History and Archaeology > Institute of History > Ancient History and Reception History of the Ancient World
06 Faculty of Humanities > Other Institutions > Walter Benjamin Kolleg (WBKolleg) > Center for Global Studies (CGS)

UniBE Contributor:

Hilbold, Ilse Caroline Abigail; Simon, Laura Sarah and Späth, Thomas

Subjects:

900 History
900 History > 930 History of ancient world (to ca. 499)
900 History > 940 History of Europe

ISSN:

1759-5134

Publisher:

Oxford University Press

Language:

English

Submitter:

Thomas Späth

Date Deposited:

10 Jul 2019 15:07

Last Modified:

24 Oct 2019 09:31

Publisher DOI:

10.1093/crj/clx008

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Twentieth-century classical studies Année Philologique Biography Biographical methods Ernst, Juliette FIEC (Fédération Internationale des Associations d'Études Classiques; International Federation of Associations of Classical Studies) Marouzeau, Jules Women’s scope of action (agency) History of science

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.124628

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/124628

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