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Classics scholar Jane Ellen Harrison devoted much of her career to radically unorthodox studies of the development of ritual and religion in early Greek culture. Her findings, issuing in both monographs and articles, were highly publicized and often controversial during her own time, but fell into neglect before receiving sharply increased attention from the late 1980s forward. As recent studies have demonstrated, it is difficult to overestimate the impact of Harrison's work on her specific scholarly field (Greek ritual, art, and myth), on women in academia, or on a range of creative writers. She also published a personal memoir.
9 September 1850 JEH was born at Cottingham in Yorkshire. Bibliographic Citation link.
Between 1868 and 1870 At some point during her studies at Cheltenham Ladies' College, JEH's first printed literary effort appeared: Praying for Rain was published by the Religious Tract Society. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
1912 JEH published another landmark text (her best known work), Themis: A Study in the Social Origins of Greek Religion. Bibliographic Citation link.
15 April 1928 JEH died of leukaemia at 11 Mecklenburgh Street, London. Bibliographic Citation link.
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