British and American School Stories: Fiction, Femininity, and Friendship

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Join us for an Alumnae Association webinar, in which Dr. Nancy Rosoff '78 discusses the fictional experiences of girls and young women in schools and colleges, as represented in school stories written in the US and UK between 1910 and 1960. Through the talk, Rosoff examines the way in which fiction serves as a means of informal education and the part it plays in the construction of gender ideology. The webinar will consider multiple aspects of ideal female behavior that was presented in these novels written for teenage girls.

A proud alumna of Mount Holyoke, Dr. Nancy G. Rosoff '78 majored in history and did her senior thesis on the political activities of Mount Holyoke students between 1900 and 1920. She taught high school for twenty years before moving into higher education.

She is a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for the History of Women’s Education at the University of Winchester, UK, and has published on the history of girls’ culture, education, and sport. Her most recent work, the co-authored book British and American School Stories, 1910 – 1960: Fiction, Femininity, and Friendship (published by Palgrave in 2019) was honored with the UK History of Education Society’s Anne Bloomfield Prize for the best book written in English on the history of education. Her research interests include history of women; women’s athletic activity; sports, gender, and popular culture; history of education; and American and British cultural history. 

Nancy serves as a member of the Alumnae Association's nominating committee and is active with her class. She is formerly Dean of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies at Arcadia University.

The event will be recorded. This event is being conducted over Zoom. As the host, Mount Holyoke College reserves the right to record this session and the event sponsors will give prior notification to event participants of any intention to do so. The recording feature for others is disabled so that no one else will be able to record this session through Zoom. At all times, no recording by any other means is permitted without prior written permission from the event sponsor or as an approved accommodation. 

This event will include an oral and visual presentation about the fictional experiences of girls and young women in US and British literature between 1910 and 1960, followed by Question and Answer time with event presenters. For inquiries about the accessibility of this event or to request any accommodations, please email or call 413-538-2159. Please make accommodation requests no later than Wednesday, March 17, 2021 to allow for implementation time; however, in all situations, a good faith effort will be made to provide accommodations up until the time of the event.

Event Times: San Francisco 8:30amPDT (UTC -7), Boston 11:30amEDT (UTC -4), Accra 3:30pmGMT (UTC +0), Central European Summer Time 5:30pmCEST (UTC +2), Nairobi 6:30pmEAT (UTC +3), New Delhi 9:00pmIST (UTC +5:30), Beijing 11:30pmCST (UTC +8)

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Wednesday, March 31 at 11:30am to 12:30pm

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