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Alma Mater: Design and Experience in Women's Colleges from their Nineteenth-Century Beginnings to the 1930;'s


reviewed by Paul H. Mattingly — 1985

coverTitle: Alma Mater: Design and Experience in Women's Colleges from their Nineteenth-Century Beginnings to the 1930;'s
Author(s): Helen L. Horowitz
Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press, Amherst, MA
ISBN: 0870238698, Pages: 420, Year: 1993
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Helen Horowitz’s Alma Mater provides the richest detail yet available on student life in the Seven Sisters institutions, a category of early, elite women’s colleges comprising Mount Holyoke, Bryn Mawr, Smith, Wellesley, Barnard, Radcliffe, and Vassar. The category stretches, in this analysis, to satellite schools like Sarah Lawrence, Scripps, and Bennington. In her opening remarks the author, a Wellesley graduate, underscores the incontestable sense of living in a “special” place that so many alumnae of these institutions had and continue to have. Her interest in the feminist issues of her own generation sparked her initial inquiry, and her subsequent awareness that the Seven Sisters used each other as a reference group became the sustaining theme of her study. The major methodology, both ambitious and ingenious, intertwines the routines of daily student living with the formal architectural designs of campus and buildings. It is both a strength and a weakness that... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 87 Number 1, 1985, p. 133-137
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 700, Date Accessed: 10/20/2017 7:33:00 PM

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