North American Scholar

COULTER, Cornelia Catlin

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1885-12-27
  • Born City: Ferguson
  • Born State/Country: MO
  • Parents: Horace Parshall & Laura Chamberlain C.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1960-04-27
  • Death City: Newport News
  • Death State/Country: VA
  • Education:

    AB Washington U, 1907; study at Munich, 1908-9; PhD Bryn Mawr, 1911

  • Professional Experience:

    Reader Lat Bryn Mawr, 1911-2; Lat tchr St Agnes Sch, 1912-6; instr Lat & Gk Vassar, 1916-25; asso prof, to prof Gk & Lat Mount Holyoke, 1926-52; prof, class Hiram Coll, 1958-9; vis prof, class U North Carolina, 1959-60; pres APA, 1947-8; pres CANE, 1947-8

  • Dissertation:

    “Retractatio in the Ambrosian and Palatine Recensions of Plautus: A Study of the Persa, Poenulus, Pseudolus, Stichus, and Trinummus” (Bryn Mawr, 1911); printed (Baltimore, 1911)

  • Publications:

    “The Composition of the Rudens of Plautus,” CP 8 (1913) 57-64; “Compound Adjectives in Early Latin Poetry,” TAPA 47 (1916) 153-72; “A Seventeenth-Century Parody of Catullus 4,” CP 12 (1917) 198-201; “The Genealogy of the Gods,” Vassar Medieval Studies (1923) 315-41; “The Happy Otherworld and Fairy Mistress Themes in the Odyssey,” TAPA 56 (1925) 37-53; “Giraldus Cabrensis and Indo-Germanic Philology,” with F P Magoun, Speculum 1 (1926) 104-9; “The Great Fish in Ancient and Medieval Story,” TAPA 57 (1926) 32-50; “The Library of the Angevin Kings at Naples,” TAPA 75 (1944) 141-55

  • Notes:

    A thoroughly painstaking, sensitive, gentle but firm teacher, Coulter saw to it that her students became fully appreciative of Greek and Roman thought and ideals and of their own classical heritage. She upheld the rigorous standards of Bryn Mawr in her scholarly interests ranging from the precise to the legendary. Studies in the development of the compound adjectives in early Latin and the inventory of the library of the Angevin kings in Naples can be contrasted with her studies of the Fairy Princess motif in the Odyssey and the tales of a fabulous monster fish in Greek, Latin, Biblical, and mediaeval works. Equally at home with detail and interpretation, she brought a wide humanistic knowledge to students and colleagues alike.

  • Sources:

    Donald Norman Levin, CJ 56 (1960-1) 141-2; NYTimes (29 Apr 1960) 31; WhAmW 58:278

  • Author: Betty Nye Quinn