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Title: The home education of girls in the eighteenth-century novel: 'the pernicious effects of an improper education'
Authors: Halsey, Katie
Contact Email: katherine.halsey@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: novel
eighteenth century
conduct books
Jane Austen
home education
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Citation: Halsey K (2015) The home education of girls in the eighteenth-century novel: 'the pernicious effects of an improper education', Oxford Review of Education, 41 (4), pp. 430-446.
Abstract: This essay explores the relationship between theories of domestic pedagogy as articulated in eighteenth-century conduct books, and fictional representations of home education in novels of the period. The fictional discussions of domestic pedagogy interrogate eighteenth-century assumptions about the innate superiority of a domestic education for women. In so doing, they participate in a much wider eighteenth-century and Regency-period debate about the proper role of women in public life. In order to make the argument that a woman's education was vital to the public welfare of the nation, writers from Mary Wollstonecraft to Jane Austen shifted the grounds of the debate, making the previously private into a matter of public concern. Early eighteenth-century ideals of domestic education, which kept women firmly in the private sphere, therefore began to seem outdated.
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/22101
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03054985.2015.1048113
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Affiliation: English Studies

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