The “Discourse”: Context and Historical Background

Edited by Annibal Guasco

in Discourse to Lady Lavinia His Daughter

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2003 | ISBN: 9780226310534
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226310565 | DOI:
The “Discourse”: Context and Historical Background

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This chapter discusses the context and historical background of Annibal Guasco's Discourse. Discourse represents a landmark in the history of women's education in that it is based on the assumption that, because this young girl possessed outstanding abilities, not only should she be given every opportunity and encouragement to develop them to their fullest potential, but that she should also receive a training to equip her for a career appropriate to her sex where they could be put to good use. Seen against the backdrop of an age when girls were educated for a life of self-effacement and narrow domesticity, this is an astonishingly far-sighted view.

Keywords: Annibal Guasco; self-effacement; abilities; training; domesticity; women's education

Chapter.  19250 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literature

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