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Sheila Murnaghan and Deborah H. Roberts

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780199583478

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199583478.001.0001

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The Ancient Prehistory of Modern Adults

The Ancient Prehistory of Modern Adults

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(p.207) 6 The Ancient Prehistory of Modern Adults
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Childhood and the Classics
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Sheila Murnaghan

Deborah H. Roberts

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199583478.003.0007

This chapter considers some of the ways in which the association between childhood and antiquity has been conceptualized and elaborated in works for adults, particularly in the early decades of the twentieth century. Memories of formative encounters by the archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann and the poet and novelist H.D. (Hilda Doolittle) set the stage for a discussion of Freudian psychoanalysis, the scholarly theories of Jane Harrison, and the works of James Joyce, H.D., Mary Butts, Naomi Mitchison, and Virginia Woolf. The practice of archaeology and the knowledge of Greek emerge as key elements in distinctly gendered visions of the relationship between modern lives and the classical past.

Keywords:   Heinrich Schliemann, H.D, Sigmund Freud, Jane Harrison, James Joyce, Mary Butts, Naomi Mitchison, Virginia Woolf, psychoanalysis, Greek language

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