Alma Mater: Design and Experience in the Women's Colleges from Their Nineteenth-Century Beginnings to the 1930's / Edition 2

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Horowitz 'analyzes the architecture of each college as a way of understanding its social and cultural history. Blending the usual stuff of institutional history with a keen understanding of esthetics and design, Mrs. Horowitz shows how the physical plan of each college contained and implicit message about the way society perceived women, the limits placed on their aspirations, and the expectations about their relationship to one another.
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Horowitz, author of Culture and the City, focuses on the Seven Sister colleges. She shows that while many women's colleges were envisioned by their founders as protected, ordered, idyllic communities, the institutions eventually aimed to develop women's minds free of sex stereotypes. PW observed that the 130 photos and drawings included here effectively ``recreate campus life and architecture.'' February
**** Reprint of the Knopf original of 1985 (which is distinguished by inclusion in BCL3. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870238697
  • Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
  • Publication date: 10/27/1993
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.17 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 1.17 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Second Edition
Pt. 1 Foundings 1
1 Plain, Though Very Neat: Mount Holyoke 9
2 More Lasting Than the Pyramids: Vassar 28
3 That Beauty Which Is Truth: Wellesley 42
4 Acting a Manly Part: The Beginnings of College Life 56
5 To Preserve Her Womanliness: Smith 69
6 The Advantages of the So-called "Cottage System" Wellesley, Vassar 82
7 As Unnoticed as the Daughters of Any Cambridge Residents: Radcliffe 95
8 A Certain Style of "Quaker Lady" Dress: Bryn Mawr 105
9 Behold They are Women!: Bryn Mawr 117
10 The Stately Columned Way: Barnard 134
Pt. 2 Experience 143
11 The Life: Student Life 147
12 Households of Women: Faculty Life 179
Pt. 3 The Classic Design 199
13 The Necessities Peculiar to Women of Today: Wellesley, Smith, Vassar 203
14 A Larger School Room: Mount Holyoke 223
15 The Day of Small Things Is Over: Radcliffe, Barnard 237
16 A Great Design: Wellesley 262
Pt. 4 The Post-war Women's College 275
17 In Obedience to a Social Convention: College Life after 1920 279
18 In the Spirit of Our Times: Vassar, Mount Holyoke 295
19 The Training Which a College Can Give in Character and in the Art of Living: 1920s Dormitories 307
20 Without Reference to the Analogy of Colleges for Men: Sarah Lawrence, Bennington, Scripps 319
Epilogue 351
Notes 357
Index 399
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