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The Educated Woman : Minds, Bodies, and Women's Higher Education in Britain, Germany, and Spain, 1865-1914 - Katharina Rowold

The Educated Woman

Minds, Bodies, and Women's Higher Education in Britain, Germany, and Spain, 1865-1914

Hardcover Published: 8th December 2009
ISBN: 9780415205870
Number Of Pages: 312

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The Educated Woman is a comparative study of the ideas on female nature that informed debates on womena (TM)s higher education in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in three western European countries. Exploring the multi-layered roles of science and medicine in constructions of sexual difference in these debates, the book also pays attention to the variety of ways in which contemporary feminists negotiated and reconstituted conceptions of the female mind and its relationship to the body. While recognising similarities, Rowold shows how in each country the higher education debates and the underlying conceptions of womena (TM)s nature were shaped by distinct historical contexts.

'...this book is an impressive piece of work. By examining scientific and medical theories about women's higher education, Katharina Rowold illuminates two key themes. In the first place, she shows how social Darwinist and eugenic thought was shaped and reshaped by different national contexts -- and how this process helped to frame debates about the admission of women to university. Second, she explores how both those in favour and those against the higher education of women drew on the rhetoric of science to articulate their arguments.' - William Whyte, University of Oxford, UK 'The Educated Woman is a valuable and thoroughly researched study that illuminates the interaction of numerous different strands -- the scientific, the medical, the religious, the political -- within specific national contexts and particular historical moments on this important topic.' - Lesley A. Hall, Wellcome Library, UK

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: Women's Higher Education and the Female Mind and Bodyp. 1
Britain
Science, Feminism, and Sexual Difference: Moulding Female Nature through Higher Education, 1860s-1890p. 17
The Politics of Reproduction and Women's Higher Education, 1885-1914p. 48
Germany
Women, Bildung, and Culture, 1865-1900p. 69
Die akademische Frau: Motherhood, Race, and Culture, 1890-1914p. 99
Masculine Minds in Female Bodies: Sexology and Women's Higher Education, 1869-1914p. 131
Spain
Educated Women Give Birth to Advanced Nations, 1868-1900p. 155
After 1898: Degeneration and Regenerationp. 181
Conclusionp. 200
Notesp. 213
Bibliographyp. 271
Indexp. 303
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ISBN: 9780415205870
ISBN-10: 0415205875
Series: Routledge Research in Gender and History
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 8th December 2009
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.57
Edition Number: 1