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Victorian Education and the Ideal of Womanhood

1st Edition

By Joan N. Burstyn


190 pages

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This study, first published in 1980, argues that higher education for women was accepted by the end of the nineteenth-century, and higher education was becoming a desirable preparation for teachers in girls’ schools. By accepting the opponents’ claim that higher education for women had the potential to revolutionise relations between the sexes, this fascinating book demonstrates how the relevance of the nineteenth-century serves to enhance our understanding of the contemporary women’s movement. This title will be of interest to students of history and education.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations; Preface; 1. Politics of Aspiration: Education for the Middle Classes 2. Education and the Ideal of Womanhood 3. Women and the Economy 4. Woman’s Intellectual Capacity 5. Education and Sex 6. Religion and Woman’s Education 7. The Ideal of Womanhood Confronts Reality 8. The Opposition’s Influence on Higher Education for Women 9. Conclusion; Select Bibliography; Index

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Education 1800-1926

This set of 14 volumes, originally published between 1932 and 1995, amalgamates several topics on the history of education between the years 1800 and 1926, including women and education, education and the working-class, and the history of universities in the United Kingdom. This set also includes titles that focus on key figures in education, such as Samuel Wilderspin, Georg Kerschensteiner and Edward Thring. This collection of books from some of the leading scholars in the field provides a comprehensive overview of the subject and will be of particular interest to students of history, education and those undertaking teaching qualifications.

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