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Somerville for Women

An Oxford College, 1879-1993

By (author) Pauline Adams
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Oxford, United Kingdom
Published: 30th May 1996
Dimensions: w 138mm h 216mm d 31mm
Weight: 711g
ISBN-10: 019920179X
ISBN-13: 9780199201792
Barcode No: 9780199201792
Somerville for Women is the first history to appear for 75 years of the pioneering Oxford women's college whose alumnae include a Nobel prizewinner for chemistry, two prime ministers, and a whole school of novelists. It is a domestic history whose account of the strategies adopted by an academic community of women, first to gain acceptance by a male university, and then to survive within a mixed one, is of more than domestic interest. Drawing on a rich archive, and a wide range of published sources, it provides significant insights into the history of the University and touches on many aspects of women's studies. The concluding account of the circumstances leading in 1992 to the controversial decision to admit men raises a number of issues of importance for higher education in general and Oxford in particular.

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"Pauline Adam's history of Somerville College is distinguished by wonderful portraits of its remarkable principals and by a stylish and witty narrative."--Modern Europe