Women’s voices in educational manuals: The gendered sounds of speech therapy, song and education in Europe c.1830–1900

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This article calls for a heightened attention to women's voices in the history of education, arguing that the articulation of gender is not only 'legible' as bodily inscription, but audible within the educational soundscape as well. The voice and its gendered attributes are taken literally here, as acoustic practice. I explore women's contributions to vocal education in the nineteenth century, as well as the impact these had on women's voices. Looking at women as both producers and consumers of content in the field of vocal education highlights the cultural work that went into sounding 'like a woman' (as well as sounding like a healthy, middle-class adult). It also points to how changing gendered norms and expectations of vocalization have been incorporated into practices of education throughout the nineteenth century, and how the sounds of femininity and (scientific) expertise could sometimes chime harmoniously in that period.

TidskriftWomen's History Review
Antal sidor21
StatusPublicerad - 2020
MoE-publikationstypA1 Tidskriftsartikel-refererad


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