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          Feminism and the Classics: Apollo and Dionysos

- Constance M. Carroll .
Assistant Professor of Classics .
Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts
University of Maine Portland/Gorham
when I was asked to deliver this paper, I was told that the issue
to address was the impact of feminism upon the profession and the
discipline of Classics. I thought, then, that there were quite a few
nouns more suitable than "impact" to describe the effect-of the women's
Movement upon the Classics: dent, bruise, scratch, flesh wound, contusion,

abrasion, laceration, scrape, and the like, but certainly not_impact.

One of the-oldest academic disciplines, Classics was one of the last

_to form a commission on the status of women in the profession (American

Philological Association women's Caucus, fonned'in April, l97é). As is
the case in most other disciplines, despite the fact that roughly 40% of
APA memters are women, they are dramatically under—represented both in
the organizational hierarchy and in top level jobs in Classics across
the country. The typical image of the female high school Latin teacher
is metamorphosized at the higher education level into the male philologist.
However intentionally or unintentionally, the profession of Classics has
systematically and effectively discriminated against women in all levels
and areas. ‘ i I
‘Impact is also not the word to describe the effect of feminism upon
the discipline of Classics, although it has been significantly greater

here than in the profession. Therefore, nouns like hemorrhage, concus-

sion, haemotoma, migraine, angina, etc., are more descriptive. Unlike