By Laura Schwartz
Neither a comfortable anecdotal within tale, nor a simple account of women's fight to go into the collage, this background of St Hugh's collage, Oxford appears either upstairs and downstairs, at dons and undergraduates but additionally at household employees. What did it suggest for the would-be tuition instructor, the flapper at the motorbike, the melancholy period grammar-school woman, and the coed progressive of the Seventies to re-invent themselves as trained ladies? Who remained excluded from this emancipated identification? What have been the tensions among previous and new generations of dons and undergraduates? And what of the 1st Principal's infamous trust in time-travel?
In this leading edge examine, Schwartz explores the connection among own and collective identification in a single of the 1st larger academic institutions run by way of and for girls, in the course of a interval within which women's function either in society and collage schooling replaced past reputation. in line with new and unique study, A Seroius Endeavour deals a clean and occasionally disquieting viewpoint at the heritage of gender and schooling in twentieth-century Britain, commencing up new methods of brooding about the advance of women's better education.
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A Serious Endeavour: Gender, Education and Community at St Hugh's, 1886-2011 by Laura Schwartz