Photo of Carol DyhouseCarol Dyhouse
Emeritus Professor (History)


Carol Dyhouse's research interests are in the social history of nineteenth and twentieth century Britain, focussing on gender, education and women's lives. Her books on education include Girls Growing Up In late Victorian and Edwardian England (Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1981); Feminism and the Family in England, 1890-1939 (Blackwell, 1989); No Distinction of Sex? Women in British Universities 1879-1939, (UCL Press, 1995) and Students: A Gendered History, (published by Routledge in 2006).

More recently Carol has established a reputation for engaging scholarly histories which reach out to a general audience.  Her book on the subject of glamour, Glamour: Women, History, Feminism, was first published by Zed books in Spring, 2010. The book explores the changing meanings of the word 'glamour', its relationship to femininity and fashion, and what glamour has meant to women. As well as the English (Zed) editions, Italian, Spanish and Turkish editions of the book are currently in print.

 Dyhouse, Carol, Glamour: Women History Feminism

There is a short film which was made in connection with the Turkish edition of Glamour here:

Dyhouse: Youtube Gosteris, Kadinlah, Tarih

Carol's work on glamour encompassed research on the history of perfume, cosmetics and the fur trade. Her essay on the history of the fur coat, entitled 'Skin Deep: the Fall of Fur' appeared in History Today, in November 2011.

History Today : Skin Deep: The Fall of Fur

Girl Trouble: Panic and Progress in the History of Young Women, was published by Zed books in March, 2013;  with a new paperback edition following in June 2014.

Dyhouse: Girl Trouble

Carol's most recent book,  Heartthrobs: A History of Women and Desire will be published by Oxford University Press early in 2017.