By Katherine H Adams
A bunch in their personal is the interesting tale of the 1st generations of girls who went to varsity to benefit to be writers after which introduced their careers writing poetry and prose. This remarkable team incorporated Elizabeth Bishop, Ruby Black, Pearl greenback, Emma Bugbee, Willa Cather, Zona Gale, Mildred Gilman, Zora Neale Hurston, Mary McCarthy, Marianne Moore, Eudora Welty, and Margaret Walker.
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Extra resources for A group of their own: college writing courses and American women writers, 1880-1940
The first opportunities to attend four-year colleges came at evangelical schools that enrolled women to improve their moral life and influence in the home. Most of these schools first offered separate classes for women. In the THE COLLEGE LITERATURE AND WRITING CLASS 31 Oberlin College Circular of 1834, founder John Jay Shipherd announced that one of the primary objects of the school would be “elevation of female character, bringing within the reach of the misjudged and neglected sex, all the instructive privileges which hitherto have unreasonably distinguished the leading sex from theirs” (Fletcher 373).
Barber-Scotia College, which began as the Scotia Seminary, developed a full undergraduate curriculum from its older regimen of preparatory and basic courses. Many women’s colleges followed the liberal arts curriculum of the men’s schools, proclaiming that its special purpose for this student population would be to create the enlightened mothers who could raise children well. Mary Sharp College announced in 1853 that their sole innovation would be to offer a classical education, extending to women the educational privilege that had been reserved for men.
Those women who envisioned themselves as becoming well-educated and influential writers by choosing this major, however, did not seem so benign: their incursions threatened a sacrosanct territory of patrician males whose proclamations shaped American intellectual life. These rebellious and determined women entered college at a glorious time for advanced writing instruction. This curriculum in flux, influenced by Progressive theories of education as well as by the huge increase of careerminded students, offered new ties to professional life.
A group of their own: college writing courses and American women writers, 1880-1940 by Katherine H Adams