Students Explore 'Gendered Education' in Jane Austen's Era
SALISBURY, MD---Donning handmade dresses designed to look like the Bennett sisters from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, four Salisbury University students recently presented at the 2013 Maryland Collegiate Honors Council Conference.
Their panel explored how women of Austen’s era were steered toward feminine “accomplishments” rather than gathering knowledge. They examined all of Austen’s works and demonstrated how women of the Romantic period were limited by such gendered education and strained to find ways to enrich their intellectual existence.
Pictured (from left) are junior biology major Amanda Biederman of Westminster, who played violin as part of their panel; Stacey Miller, a senior English major from Salisbury who made the costumes; Alexandra Fox, a sophomore English/history double major from Huntingtown, MD; and Lauren Anderson, a psychology/communication arts double major from Leonardtown, MD.
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