North American Scholar

CAMERON, James Alister

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1904-02-20
  • Born City: Glasgow
  • Born State/Country: Scotland
  • Parents: Alexander Forrester & Marion Cooper Stark C
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1987-11-27
  • Death City: Plymouth
  • Death State/Country: MA
  • Married: Elizabeth Ripley Moore, 26 May 1934
  • Education:

    AB Union, 1926; AM Princeton, 1927; PhD Columbia, 1938

  • Professional Experience:

    Instr. class., St John's Coll (IN), 1927-8; asso. prof. class. Bryn Mawr, 1935-46; prof. class., U. Cincinnati, 1946-74.

  • Dissertation:

    “The Pythagorean Background of the Theory of Recollection” (Columbia, 1938); printed (Menasha, WI, 1938; 1968).

  • Publications:

    “The Maker and the Myth,” Antioch Review 25 (1965) 167-88; The Identity of Oedipus the King: Five Essays on the Oedipus Tyrannus (New York, 1968; 1983); Plato's Affair with Tragedy, Lectures in Memory of Louise Taft Semple (Cincinnati, 1978)

  • Notes:

    James Alister Cameron and Richmond Lattimore came to Bryn Mawr at the same time (1935) as other notable young assistant professors who, under the chairmanship of Rhys Carpenter, made up an exceptional Department of Greek. Hamish, as Cameron was known, was more interested always in teaching and the immediate feedback from students than in writing and waiting for some eventual response in the way of review or rebuttal. Students said that he took great delight in expounding Aeschylus and found so much to discuss in the first chorus of the Agamemnon that the semester was almost over before one seminar of his reached Clytemnestra's entrance. As his long delayed publications indicate, his lifelong concerns were with the Greek tragedians and their effect on Plato and subsequent generations.

  • Sources:

    DAS 1974:69; Doxbury (MA) Clipper (9 Dec 1987); WhAm 1978:509

  • Author: Mabel L Lang