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General Information

Name:  Rebecca Elizabeth Rogers  

Pen Name: Rebecca Rogers

Genre: Non-Fiction

Born: June 8, 1959 in Chicago, Illinois

-- Rebecca Elizabeth Rogers on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

She was born in Chicago, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Rogers is a professor of history of education at Université Paris, Rene Descartes, Paris, France. Before that, she was an assistant professor and an associate professor of history at the University of Iowa, in Iowa City. She also worked at the Université Marc Bloch, in Strasbourg, France, as Maître de conférences. Rogers has written many books in French and in English.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Les demoiselles de la Légion d'honneur: Les maisons d'éducation de la Légion d'honneur au XIXe siècle (French Edition)
ISBN: 2259020291

Plon. 1992

From the Salon to the Schoolroom: Educating Bourgeois Girls in Nineteenth-Century France
ISBN: 0271024917

Penn State University Press. 2008

How a nation educates its children tells us much about the values of its people. From the Salon to the Schoolroom examines the emerging secondary school system for girls in nineteenth-century France and uncovers how that system contributed to the fashioning of the French bourgeois woman.

Rebecca Rogers explores the variety of schools—religious and lay—that existed for girls and paints portraits of the women who ran them and the girls who attended them. Drawing upon a wide array of public and private sources—school programs, prescriptive literature, inspection reports, diaries, and letters—she reveals the complexity of the female educational experience as the schoolroom gradually replaced the salon as the site of French women’s special source of influence.

From the Salon to the Schoolroom also shows how France as part of its civilizing mission transplanted its educational vision to other settings: the colonies in Africa as well as throughout the Western world, including England and the United States. Historians are aware of the widespread ramifications of Jesuit education, but Rogers shows how French education for girls played into the cross-cultural interactions of modern society, producing an image of the Frenchwoman that continues to tantalize and fascinate the Western world today.


Book Prize of the British History of Education Society for ''From the Salon to the Schoolroom

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