Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name




Committee Chair

Mattingly, Carol, 1945-

Author's Keywords

Literature curriculum; History of education; Pedagogy; Female academies; Catholic education


Nazareth Academy (Nazareth, Ky.); Carroll, Columba, 1810-1878; Literature--Study and teaching (Higher); Fiction--Study and teaching (Higher)


This study will examine Nazareth Academy, a prestigious private female academy, and Mother Columba Carroll's, SCN pedagogy and literature curriculum. The first half of the study will create a snapshot of the Academy from 1855 to 1870, examining the significance of the school, and providing a general understanding of its students. It will then examine Mother Columba Carroll, her life and the external influences that could have shaped her curriculum. The second half will analyze her literature curriculum, examining the wide range of literary genres included, and especially exploring the influence of fiction within the curriculum. Fiction was long debated among Carroll's contemporaries as being dangerous for the young female mind. Carroll's literature curriculum provides proof of the inclusion of fiction, not only in the school library, but as part of the curriculum. It will also exam the trends within the literature that Carroll chose to include in her curriculum.