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James Crewdson Turner
University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, IN 46556-4635)

Fellowships for University Teachers
Research Programs

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$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2007 – 7/31/2008

Philology and the Shaping of the Modern Humanities

I plan a history of the emergence from philology of the modern humanities in British and American learning. Between 1820 and 1900 academic knowledge in the English-speaking world was transformed. Entirely new disciplines appeared, while some traditional fields of learning (such as classical languages) changed so greatly as to become new subjects. Several of these new or re-formed disciplines came to be called collectively "the humanities." These quickly became central to liberal education, yet no historian has examined at any length the phenomenon of the modern humanities as a whole and where they came from. The book will trace the history of philology from classical antiquity, focusing principally on Britain & America 1780-1920.