The rise of the middle classes brought a sharp increase in the number of young men and women able to attend university. Developing in the wake of this increase, the university novel often centred on male undergraduates at either Oxford or Cambridge. Bogen argues that an analysis of the lesser known female narratives can provide new insights.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Introduction: Dreaming Spires; Chapter 1a From Public Scandal to Minority Pleasure: The Form, Content and Readership of the University Bildungsroman; Chapter 2 ‘The Praise of Uselessness’: Liberal Education; Chapter 3 ‘Gentlewomen, Scholars and Saints’: Religion; Chapter 4 ‘Home without an Aspidistra’: The Home, the College and the Local; Chapter 5 The Divided Self and the Communal Cause: War, Politics and the Self; Chapter 6 ‘Delightfully Self-Assured, Delightfully Self-Conscious’: The Undergraduate Literary Scene; Chapter 7 ‘Eros in Academe’: Sexuality and the Body; conclusion Conclusion;