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Discourse to Lady Lavinia His Daughter$
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Annibal Guasco

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780226310534

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226310565.001.0001

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The “Discourse”: Context and Historical Background

The “Discourse”: Context and Historical Background

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(p.1) The “Discourse”: Context and Historical Background
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Discourse to Lady Lavinia His Daughter
Author(s):
Annibal Guasco
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226310565.003.0001

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

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