Women's education in early modern Europe : a history, 1500-1800 /
edited by Barbara J. Whitehead.
New York : Garland Pub., 1999.
xvi, 260 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
0815324677 (alk. paper)
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Howard Adelman served for many years as the director of the Program in Jewish Studies at Smith College and now teaches in Israel Adrianna E. Bakos is an assistant professor of history at the University of Rochester Catherine R. Eskin teaches at Drexel University in Philadelphia Colleen Fitzgerald received her Ph.D. from the University of Saskatchewan Carolyn Chappell Lougee is professor of history at Stanford University Sharon D. Michalove is an adjunct assistant professor in the history of education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Stacey Shimizu is currently a Visiting Instructor at Illinois Wesleyan University. She is a Doctoral candidate in Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California Sharon T. Strocchia is Associate Professor of History at Emory University Barbara J. Whitehead is Associate Professor of History at DePauw University
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Unpaid Annotation
Women were long excluded from traditional histories by definitions of historical subject matter from the man's perspective. In the same way women have been excluded from the early modern history of education by definitions of education as only what occurred in schools and universities. This collection of essays broadens the definition of education, incorporating informal, vocational, domestic, and social education, along with formal education to allow women's training and learning to be fully studied. Eight contributions, written by scholars in a number of fields, include discussion of midwifery, needlepoint, and domestic skills, as well as formal convent or boarding school training.
Back Cover Copy
This book chronicles 300 years of women's education during this time. Barabara Whitehead examines this history from a feminist perspective, pointing to the subversive actions of the women of this period that led to the formation of academia as we know it.
Main Description
This book works on the premise that an "educated" woman was in early modern Europe something quite different than an educated man. Education was understood as preparation for one's station in life. Women were not "uneducated" with regard to men - they were simply educated in a different manner and toward a different end.
Table of Contents
Series Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. ix
Learning the Virtues: Convent Schools and Female Culture in Renaissance Florencep. 3
Equal in Opportunity? The Education of Aristocratic Women 1450-1540p. 47
The Pattern of Perfect Womanhood: Feminine Virtue, Pattern Books and the Fiction of the Clothworking Womanp. 75
The Rei(g)ning of Women's Tongues in English Books of Instruction and Rhetoricsp. 101
The Literacy of Jewish Women in Early Modern Italyp. 133
To Educate or Instruct? Du Bosc and Fenelon on Womenp. 159
"Its Frequent Visitor": Death at Boarding School in Early Modern Europep. 193
'A Knowledge Speculative and Practical': The Dilemma of Midwives' Education in Early Modern Europep. 225
About the Editor and Contributorsp. 251
Indexp. 253
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