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College Girls: Bluestockings, Sex Kittens, and Co-Eds, Then and Now


reviewed by Alyssa Bryant — July 19, 2007

coverTitle: College Girls: Bluestockings, Sex Kittens, and Co-Eds, Then and Now
Author(s): Lynn Peril
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co., New York
ISBN: 0393327159 , Pages: 352, Year: 2006
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Lynn Peril explores the lives of college women and traces the changing social contexts that have shaped women’s education over the course of history. She treats the topic with attention to both the particularities of college life (e.g., clothing and style) and the broader societal themes that have defined the purposes and expectations for college women’s educational pursuits. Drawing on a variety of sources – including college and university handbooks and historical archives, academic books and articles, and popular media – Peril expertly weaves stories of college life that are at once rich and compelling. The book begins with an engaging introduction that introduces the “typical” Jane Doe college girl and underscores the author’s intent to uncover the roots of current-day (though seemingly anachronistic) assumptions regarding the implications of higher education for women’s lives and relationships. In providing a historical perspective, Peril encourages readers to value progress that is so... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: July 19, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14558, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 2:13:54 AM

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  • Alyssa Bryant
    Carolina State University
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    ALYSSA N. BRYANT holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is Assistant Professor of Higher Education at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. Dr. Bryant’s research focuses on two strands of scholarship: spirituality in higher education and gender issues among college students. The first strand has evolved into a comprehensive exploration of the meaning of spirituality in students’ lives and the corresponding implications for their values, behaviors, and wellness. The second major strand involves the ways in which college impacts women and men students – and the extent to which such effects are conditioned by gender.
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