Driving ambitions: women in pursuit of a medical education, 1890-1939

Dyhouse, Carol (1998) Driving ambitions: women in pursuit of a medical education, 1890-1939. Women's History Review, 7 (3). pp. 321-343. ISSN 0961-2025

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Abstract

This article focuses on the life-histories of some of the women who sought a medical education between 1890 and 1939, reflecting upon the extent to which these accounts share the features of a literary genre, the quest or the folk-fairy tale. It is suggested that these autobiographical and biographical narratives tell us a great deal about the tensions between gender prescriptions and vocational ambitions, particularly if they are read with careful attention to form and metaphor. Here I examine the importance of certain trials and rites de passage (such as entering the dissecting room), as well as notions of drive, ambition and the desire to ‘take control’.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > History
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
Depositing User: Carol Dyhouse
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:16
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2012 11:58
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/25085
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