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Whitelands College, John Ruskin and the Education of Women 1850 to 1900.

Cocker, Helen Louise. (1900) Whitelands College, John Ruskin and the Education of Women 1850 to 1900. Doctoral thesis, University of Surrey (United Kingdom)..

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Abstract

This thesis explores the relationship between John Ruskin and Whitelands college, and seeks to determine the extent of his influence there. The background issues concerning gender in Victorian society are examined in terms of the effect of social class on the education and employment aspirations of women. The public concerns raised over the detrimental effect education might have on women's health and their traditional role within the family are also discussed. The plight of 'surplus' middle-class women prompted the introduction of secondary and higher education for females. Whitelands college is studied in detail to determine the impact these debates and developments had on a teacher training college between 1850-1900. As well as examining its management and staffing, the college is studied from a student perspective in terms of recruitment, curriculum, health issues, discipline and ethos. The importance of domestic work for schoolmistresses is also highlighted. The appointment of Rev. John Faunthorpe played a fundamental role in the successful development of both the academic and pastoral life of the college. It was Faunthorpe's letter to Ruskin that began his relationship with Whitelands. Ruskin is introduced in the context of his prolific writing and public notoriety. Some of his views are what we might expect, while others seem eccentric, and he appears an unlikely patron of Whitelands. Ruskin's previous involvement with Winnington school is explored as a comparison to Whitelands. The development of Ruskin's relationship with Whitelands is examined in detail through his letters. Ruskin's patronage fostered a distinctive ethos and sense of community within the college. His influence was evident in the decoration of the college chapel, his gifts of educational material and inherent in the message of the May Queen festival he inaugurated.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Divisions : Theses
Authors : Cocker, Helen Louise.
Date : 1900
Additional Information : Thesis (M.Phil.)--University of Surrey (United Kingdom), 1900.
Depositing User : EPrints Services
Date Deposited : 24 Apr 2020 15:27
Last Modified : 24 Apr 2020 15:27
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/854918

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