ERIC Number: EJ1070520
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 66
The Home Education of Girls in the Novel: "The Pernicious Effects of an Improper Education"
Oxford Review of Education, v41 n4 p430-446 2015
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eighteenth-century ideals of domestic education, which kept women firmly in the private sphere, therefore began to seem outdated.
Descriptors: Home Schooling, Females, Eighteenth Century Literature, Novels, Sex Role, Role of Education, Boarding Schools, Stereotypes, Literary Devices, Teacher Characteristics, Femininity
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