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Educating Women: Cultural Conflict & Victorian Literature Laura Morgan Green

Educating Women: Cultural Conflict & Victorian Literature

Laura Morgan Green

Published December 31st 2001
ISBN : 9780821414026
Hardcover
166 pages
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In 1837, when Queen Victoria came to the throne, no institution of higher education in Britain was open to women. By the end of the century, a quiet revolution had occurred- women had penetrated even the venerable walls of Oxford and CambridgeMoreIn 1837, when Queen Victoria came to the throne, no institution of higher education in Britain was open to women. By the end of the century, a quiet revolution had occurred- women had penetrated even the venerable walls of Oxford and Cambridge universities and could earn degrees at the many new universities founded during Victorias reign. During the same period, novelists increasingly put intellectually ambitious heroines - students, teachers, and frustrated scholars - at the centre of their books. This work analyzes the conflict between the higher education movements emphasis on intellectual achievement and the Victorian novels continuing dedication to a narrative in which womens success is measured by the achievement of emotional rather than intellectual goals. Focusing on works by Charlotte Bronte, Anna Leonowens, George Eliot and Thomas Hardy Eliot, this work demonstrates that those texts are both shaped by the need to mediate the conflict between the professionalism and publicity increasingly associated with education and the Victorian celebration of women as emblems of domesticity.