In Adamless Eden: The Community of Women Faculty at Wellesley

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One of the most influential women's colleges in the country, Wellesley has educated many illustrious women, from Katharine Lee Bates - author of America the Beautiful - to Hillary Rodham Clinton. Since its origins in the late nineteenth century, Wellesley has had an impact on American history and women's history. The college was unique in its commitment to an exclusively female faculty and much of its intellectual fervor can be traced back to that time. This book is an engrossing narrative history of that first generation of Wellesley professors.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300063882
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 404
  • Product dimensions: 6.15 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Table of Contents

Presidents of Wellesley College
Pt. I Putting Women in Professors' Chairs, 1875-1899
I Incipit Vita Nova: The New Life Begins 3
2 Alice Freeman and Young Wellesley 19
3 The Perilous Transition within Wellesley's Academic Life 35
Pt. II Women Scholars and Their Wellesley World: A Social Portrait
4 The Family Culture of the Faculty 57
5 From Cinderella to Woman Scholar: The Education and Career Paths of the Faculty 77
6 Even Blue Stockings Have to Be Darned: Wages and Working Conditions of the Women Scholars 101
7 The Bonds of Wellesley: Academic Work Culture 121
8 A Colony of Friends 133
Pt. III Trailblazers in Women's Higher Education, 1880-1900
9 Symmetrical Womanhood and the Claims of Community: Educational Ideals of the Faculty 145
10 Adventures in Pedagogy: Teaching Styles and Curriculum Reform 161
11 Daughters of My Spirit: Faculty-Student Interactions 181
Pt. IV The War Within, the War Without: Challenges to Community, 1900-1930
12 Melancholy Mother: Faculty-Student Clashes 199
13 The Race-Suicide Syndrome: Marriage Rates and Birthrates of College-Educated Women 217
14 Ellen's Isle: The Crisis of Succession and the War Years 232
15 The Old War Horses 245
16 Eden's End?
Select Manuscript Collections
Photo Credits
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