Babes in Boyland: A Personal History of Co-Education in the Ivy League
Gina BarrecaE-book: $9.99
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|E-book Publication Date:||09/13/2011|
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Barreca serves up a witty, episodic, chatty and decidedly personal account of being one of the first women on the [Dartmouth] campus in the 1970s . . . Barreca is an unfailingly winning narrator and if her book is more memoir than history, it’s a delightful tour of one woman’s college experience, seasoned with a consciousness of issues of gender and class.
Barreca’s humor shines through.
Over four years at an elite school in remote New Hampshire, smack in the middle of the women’s movement, Barreca learned to do what any sassy smartypants would: challenge stale ideas and press buttons . . . ‘a good education can be subversive’ [Gina Barreca] writes in her recent book on the experience.
Whether you attended college at the same time as Barreca, or have children in college now, or just enjoy reading a well-written memoir, you’re likely to enjoy reading Babes in Boyland.
GINA BARRECA, Professor of English Literature and feminist theory at the University of Connecticut, received a B.A. from Dartmouth College, an M.A. from Cambridge University, and a Ph.D. from the City University of New York. An award-winning columnist for the Hartford Courant, she has served as an advisor to the Library of Congress for work on humor and the American character, and was deemed a “feminist humor maven” by Ms. magazine. With Gene Weingarten of The Washington Post, she wrote I’m With Stupid: One Man, One Woman, and 10,000 Years of Misunderstandings Between The Sexes Cleared Right Up (2004). Barreca’s works, which have been translated into five languages, include the best-selling Sweet Revenge: The Wicked Delights of Getting Even (1995); Perfect Husbands (and Other Fairy Tales) (1993); and They Used to Call Me Snow White, But I Drifted (1992).