“Anglo-Saxon” in Late Nineteenth-Century American Academia

  • Mary Dockray-Miller
Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)


This chapter provides an overview of the ways that the study of Anglo-Saxon forms a part of the history of American higher education, both in general and as part of the development of the American women’s college. The overlapping meanings of the term “Anglo-Saxon” implied academic rigor and linguistic expertise as well as a possibly precarious ethnic heritage of whiteness and superiority during Reconstruction and the expansion westward. The relatively small number of Americans who learned Anglo-Saxon in the last 30 years of the nineteenth century entered, consciously or not, into a cultural debate about the relationships among language, ethnicity, and social class.


Higher education Women’s history Anglo-Saxonism Medievalism Intersectionality 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mary Dockray-Miller
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  1. 1.Lesley UniversityCambridgeUSA

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