From the Salon to the Schoolroom: Educating Bourgeois Girls in Nineteenth-Century France

From the Salon to the Schoolroom: Educating Bourgeois Girls in Nineteenth-Century France

by Rebecca Rogers


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From the Salon to the Schoolroom: Educating Bourgeois Girls in Nineteenth-Century France by Rebecca Rogers

How a nation educates its children tells us much about the values of its people. From the Salon to the Schoolroom examines the emerging secondary school system for girls in nineteenth-century France and uncovers how that system contributed to the fashioning of the French bourgeois woman.

Rebecca Rogers explores the variety of schools-religious and lay-that existed for girls and paints portraits of the women who ran them and the girls who attended them. Drawing upon a wide array of public and private sources-school programs, prescriptive literature, inspection reports, diaries, and letters-she reveals the complexity of the female educational experience as the schoolroom gradually replaced the salon as the site of French women's special source of influence.

From the Salon to the Schoolroom also shows how France as part of its civilizing mission transplanted its educational vision to other settings: the colonies in Africa as well as throughout the Western world, including England and the United States. Historians are aware of the widespread ramifications of Jesuit education, but Rogers shows how French education for girls played into the cross-cultural interactions of modern society, producing an image of the Frenchwoman that continues to tantalize and fascinate the Western world today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780271024912
Publisher: Penn State University Press
Publication date: 04/28/2008
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Rebecca Rogers is Professor in the History of Education at the Université Paris Descartes. Her first book, Les demoiselles de la Légion d’honneur: Les maisons d’éducation de la Légion d’honneur au dix-neuvième siècle, was published in France in 1992.

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviationsix
Part IReconstructing Girls' Education in the Postrevolutionary Period (1800-1830)15
1Defining Bourgeois Femininity: Voices and Debates19
2Schools, Schooling, and the Educational Experience45
Part IIWomen, Schools, and the Politics of Culture (1830-1880)77
3Debating Women's Place in the Consolidating Bourgeois Order (1830-1848)83
4Independent Women? Teachers and the Teaching Profession at Midcentury109
5Vocations and Professions: The Case of the Teaching Nun135
6Boarding Schools: Location, Ethos, and Female Identities161
Part IIINational and Political Visions of Girls' Education197
7Political Battles for Women's Minds in the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century201
8Beyond the Hexagon: French Schools on Foreign Soils227
Appendix 1The Women Pedagogues259
Appendix 2The Professions of Fathers and Husbands of Parisian Headmistresses (1810-1880)260
Select Bibliography307

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