Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Carol Clark, 1940-2015

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Carol Clark, 1940-2015

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A scholar and translator who broke through glass ceilings at Oxford has died.

Carol Clark was born in Glasgow on 25 November 1940 and educated at St Joseph's Convent in Girvan, Ayrshire. She studied at the University of Glasgow (1957-59) and Somerville College, Oxford (1959-62) before going on to what was then Westfield College, part of the University of London (1966-68), securing a PhD in 1972. By this time, she was already employed as a lecturer in French at Glasgow (1968-73).

In 1973 Dr Clark moved from Glasgow to Balliol College, Oxford, as fellow and tutor in modern languages. She would remain there for the rest of her career, becoming emeritus in 2004. She was both the college's first fellow in modern languages and the first female fellow at any of the "ancient colleges". Writing in Women at Balliol: 1979-2009, she described her colleagues as "undemonstratively welcoming" and said she had been forced to disappoint newspaper and radio interviewers, "obviously hoping for tales of ostracism and/or pouncing", when they asked her: "What was it like with all those men?"

Although Dr Clark lived in Paris for a few years after retirement, often hosting year-abroad students in her flat, she returned to Oxford and taught pre-modern French literature to students at Balliol and other colleges. …

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