North American Scholar

MCMANUS, Barbara Wismer

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1942-10-05
  • Born City: Bethlehem
  • Born State/Country: PA
  • Parents: Francis Wismer, foreman at Bethlehem Steel, and Frances McCormick W., a former nurse.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 2015-06-19
  • Death City: Rye
  • Death State/Country: NY
  • Married: John Joseph McManus, 30 July 1966.
  • Education:

    B.A. College of New Rochelle (summa cum laude), 1964; Ph.D. (comp. lit.), Harvard, 1975.    

  • Professional Experience:

    Instr. to Professor Classics, College of New Rochelle, 1967-2000; dir. Writing Program, School of Arts & Sciences; ovatio, CAAS, 2001; Pres., 2005; webmaster, 2005-2010; NEH grants1983, 1989, 2006; APA Distinguished Service Award, 2009.

  • Dissertation:

    Inreparabile tempus: A Study of Time in Virgil’s Aeneid” (Harvard, 1976).    

  • Publications:

    “A Failure of Transformation: The Feminine Archetype in Bergman’s Cries and Whispers,” in Transformations in Literature and Film: Selected Papers from the 6th Annual Florida State University Conference on Literature and Film, ed. Leon Golden (Tallahassee: University Presses of Florida, 1982) 57-68; “Women’s Status as a Catalyst for Change within a Women’s College: The College of New Rochelle,” Women’s Studies Quarterly 11,2 (1983) 16-18; Half Human Kind: Contexts and Texts of the Controversy about Women in England 1540-1640 with Katherine Usher Henderson (Urbana: U. of Illinois Press, 1985); “Multicentering: The Case of the Athenian Bride,” Helios 17,2 (Autumn 1990) 225-35; “Anna and Demeter: The Myth of The Good Mother,” in The Anna Book: Searching for Anna in Literary History, ed. Mickey Pearlman (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992) 1-8; “Response to ‘Self-Promotion and the ‘Crisis’ in Classics’ by John Heath,” CW 89,1 (1995) 34-7; Classics and Feminism: Gendering the Classics (New York: Twayne; London: Prentice Hall, 1997); “Eve’s Dowry: Genesis and the Pamphlet Controversy about Women,” in Women, Writing, and the Reproduction of Culture in Tudor and Stuart Britain, ed. Mary E. Burke, Jane Donawerth, Linda Dove, and Karen Nelson (Syracuse: Syracuse U. Press, 2000) 193-206; “Whose Voice Is It Anyway? Teaching Early Women Writers,” in Crossing Boundaries: Attending to Early Modern Women, ed. Jane Donawerth and Adele Seeff (Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2000) 227-40; “The VRoma Project: Community and Context for Latin Teaching and Learning,” CALICO Journal 18,2 (2001) 249-68; “Using Internet Resources in AP Latin,” with Marianthe Colakis, in Teacher’s Guide to Advanced Placement Courses in Latin (Princeton: Educational Testing Service, 2001) 79-93; “Brief Mention: Classics and Internet Technology,” with Carl A. Rubino, AJP 124,4 (2003) 601-8; “Notable Web Site: The VRoma Project,” Amphora 4,1 (2005) 5-6; “‘Macte nova virtute, puer!’: Gilbert Murray as Mentor and Friend to J.A.K. Thomson,” in Gilbert Murray Reassessed, ed. Christopher Stray (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007) 181-99; “Grace Harriet Macurdy (1866-1946): The Role of British Classics in the Self-Fashioning of an American Woman Scholar,” in British Classics Outside England, ed. Judith P. Hallett and Christopher Stray (Waco, TX: Baylor U. Press, 2009) 111-28; “J.A.K. Thomson and Classical Reception Studies: American Influences and ‘Classical Influence’,” in ibid., 129-48; “Romans Can’t Carry Coins in Their Togas,” with Daniel Jung in Greek ad Roman Games in the Computer Age, ed. Thea S. Thorsen, Trondheim Studies in Greek and Latin (Trondheim: Akademika Publishing, 2012) 155-74; “Grace Hariet Macurdy (1866-1946): Redefining the Classical Scholar,” in Women Classical Scholars: Unsealing the Fountain from the Renaissance to Jacqueline de Romilly, ed. Rosie Wyles (Corby: Oxford U. Press, 2016) 194-215; The Drunken Duchess of Vassar: Grace Harriett Macurdy, Pioneering Feminist Scholar (Columbus: Ohio State U. Press, 2017).

  • Sources:

    Mary Brown, Judith P. Hallett, Maria S. Marsilio, Ann R. Raia, CW 109,4 (Summer 2016) 547-8.