Punch,  44 (1863), 183.

Surprising to a Degree!



News-Commentary, Drollery


Education, Gender, Cultural Geography

    Noting the novelty of seeing a Bachelor of Arts dressed in a bonnet, gown, and crinoline, discusses a report in The Times that Emma Chenu had passed her Bachelor of Science examination at the Academie de Lyons. Anticipates corresponding changes to the rituals of English universities, notably the number of 'Graces' in the senate and the occupation of professorial chairs by women. Suggests a list of possible occupants of such chairs, including the actress Avonia Jones in botany, and Miss Saunders in astronomy. Concludes by anticipating that even the year's Senior Wrangler, Robert Romer, 'will be left nowhere by the fair competitors for this feminine-sounding degree'.

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