Conserving the classical past: Elizabeth Carter, “On his Design of Cutting Down a Shady Walk” (1745)
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Citation (published version)James Uden. 2018. "Conserving the Classical Past: Elizabeth Carter, “On his Design of Cutting Down a Shady Walk” (1745)." Available at: http://www.thehollyfest.org/index.php/james-uden/
Elizabeth Carter (1717-1806) was the most famous female classicist of the eighteenth century. This short essay focuses on a poem in which Carter protests the cutting down of a grove of trees. She inserts herself in a tradition of male classical figures whose thoughts were inspired by the environment, casting the natural grove as a gendered space for scholarly thought.
This article was published digitally in an open-access collection of essays and poems in honor of Olga M. Davidson (http://www.thehollyfest.org/).