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Reclaiming a Conversation: The Ideal of the Educated Woman


reviewed by Nel Noddings - 1986

coverTitle: Reclaiming a Conversation: The Ideal of the Educated Woman
Author(s): Jane Roland Martin
Publisher: Yale University Press, New Haven
ISBN: 0300039999, Pages: , Year: 1987
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This is a wonderful book—warm, literate, thoughtful, and generous. When I say “generous,” I mean that the author not only provides information that should prove useful in all sorts of teaching situations but, by taking a generous attitude toward the five participants in her “conversation,” she invites thought and dialogue from her readers. The following paragraph gently criticizing Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s neglect of intimacy in Herland is typical of the warmth, thoughtfulness, literary breadth, and generosity of the exposition generally: But it is not just science that may suffer because Gilman does not solve the problem of joining together reason, feeling, and emotion in her ideal of mother love. If what Marguerite Duras calls the “mad love” of maternity and intimacy itself are excluded from the ideal guiding education in Herland, one cannot help but wonder whether Gilman’s utopia can be a land of loving relationships in which people feel one... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 88 Number 2, 1986, p. 300-302
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 641, Date Accessed: 1/24/2020 9:54:59 AM

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