Anglo-Saxon and Academic Opportunities for Women, Civil War-WWI

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


This chapter investigates the ways that three basic types of academically legitimate women’s colleges established themselves at this period: coordinate women’s colleges affiliated with men’s colleges, independently founded women’s colleges, and women’s colleges that developed from previously founded seminaries or academies. In all three types, Anglo-Saxon was an important part of their curriculum as they presented themselves as academic equivalents to the leading men’s colleges of the period. As undergraduate women learned Anglo-Saxon, some of them pursued graduate study and then became English and Anglo-Saxon professors themselves, serving in the first generations of female faculty at US colleges; the study of Anglo-Saxon thus provided women with professional opportunity throughout the growing college and university system.


Women’s colleges Women’s history Curriculum Anglo-Saxon Old English 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mary Dockray-Miller
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  1. 1.Lesley UniversityCambridgeUSA

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