By Laura Schwartz

Neither a comfortable anecdotal within tale, nor an easy account of women's fight to go into the college, this heritage of St Hugh's collage, Oxford seems either upstairs and downstairs, at dons and undergraduates but additionally at household employees. What did it suggest for the would-be tuition instructor, the flapper at the bike, the melancholy period grammar-school lady, and the coed progressive of the Seventies to re-invent themselves as knowledgeable girls? Who remained excluded from this emancipated identification? What have been the tensions among outdated and new generations of dons and undergraduates? And what of the 1st Principal's infamous trust in time-travel?

In this leading edge examine, Schwartz explores the connection among own and collective identification in a single of the 1st better academic institutions run via and for girls, in the course of a interval within which women's position either in society and college schooling replaced past reputation. in keeping with new and unique examine, A Seroius Endeavour deals a clean and infrequently disquieting viewpoint at the historical past of gender and schooling in twentieth-century Britain, beginning up new methods of pondering the advance of women's larger education.

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