North American Scholar

BOYER, Blanche Beatrice

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1896-02-22
  • Born City: Brocton
  • Born State/Country: IL
  • Parents: Edward Errett & Edna Narcissa Beck B.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1984-01-12
  • Death City: Chicago
  • Death State/Country: IL
  • Education:

    A.B. U. Chicago, 1920; A.M., 1921; Ph.D., 1925.

  • Professional Experience:

    Instr. Gk. & Lat. St. Xavier Coll. (Chicago), 1921-5; asst. prof. Lat. Allegheny Coll., 1925-7; asst. prof, to asso. prof. Lat. Mt. Holyoke, 1927-38; asst. prof, to prof. Lat. U. Chicago, 1938-61; actng. chair dept. Lat. lang. & lit., 1947-50; asso. ed. CP 1940-61; Guggenheim fell., 1929-31; ACLS grant, 1933.

  • Dissertation:

    "On the Lost Codex Veronensis of Catullus" (Chicago, 1925).

  • Publications:

    "On the 1508 Aldine Pliny," with A. P. Dorjahn, CP 20 (1925) 50-61; "Traces of an Insular Tradition in the Ancient Scholia of Juvenal," CP 29 (1934) 140-50; "A Paris Fragment of Codex Bern. 207," CP 32 (1937) 113-20; "Insular Contributions to Medieval Literary Tradition on the Continent," CP 42 (1947) 209-22, 43 (1948) 31-9; "The Histories of Tacitus," CP 44 (1949) 107-15; A Critical Edition of Peter Abelard's 'Sic et Non'," with Richard McKeon (New York, 1976).

  • Notes:

    Boyer's chief interest, in which she became a leading authority, was in the history and development of "insular script" in Latin manuscripts of the 8th to the 10th centuries. Also among her specialties were medieval Latin and palaeography. Her edition of Abelard's "Sic et Non" combined various opinions on doctrine, but made no attempt to reconcile the various views.

  • Sources:

    DAS 1969:45; WhoAmW 1964-5: 119.

  • Author: John Francis Latimer