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Educating Women: Schooling and Identity in England and France, 1800-1867

Christina de Bellaigue


An increasing number of middle-class families started to take the education of their daughters seriously during the first part of the 19th century, and boarding-schools were multiplying on both sides of the Channel. Schoolmistresses — rarely the ‘reduced gentlewomen’ of 19th-century fiction — were not only often successful entrepreneurs, but also played an important part in the development of the teaching profession, and in the expansion of secondary education. Uncovering their careers and the experiences of their pupils reveals the possibilities and constraints of the lives of middle-class wo ... More

Keywords: schoolmistress, teaching, secondary education, middle-class women, French women, English women, education provision, history of education, gender, national identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199289981
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199289981.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christina de Bellaigue, author
Fellow, Tutor, and University Lecturer in History, Exeter College, Oxford.