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ERIC Number: EJ928859
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-0954-0253
"So She Has Been Educated by a Vulgar, Silly, Conceited French Governess!" Social Anxieties, Satirical Portraits, and the Eighteenth-Century French Instructor
Hegele, Arden
Gender and Education, v23 n3 p331-343 2011
Maria Edgeworth's pedagogical short stories "Mademoiselle Panache" (1800, 1801) and "The Good French Governess" (1801) portray contrasting French instructors, and illustrate a transformation in English girls' education in French at the end of the eighteenth century. While "Mademoiselle Panache" looks back to the disingenuous French instructors of eighteenth-century comedy, demonstrating English anxieties about the supposedly corrupting influence of the French on young girls, "The Good French Governess" shows the positive influence of French emigres in late eighteenth-century French instruction. In contrast to critical assumptions that the English public's outraged response to the French Revolution terminated English interest in all things French, these and other contemporary texts show that English girls' education in French was not diminished by anti-Jacobin attitudes, and indeed flourished into the nineteenth century. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)