Campus Life: Undergraduate Cultures from the End of the by Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz

By Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz

"Based on sophisticated, creative readings of autobiographies, memoirs, fiction and secondary assets, [Campus Life] tells the tale of the altering mentalities of yank undergraduates over centuries."—Michael Moffatt, New York occasions booklet assessment

From Publishers Weekly
When highschool rebels embark upon collage, they could pursue well-defined avenues of political or inventive expression, due to an alternate tradition on hand to American collage learners considering 1910, the writer notes. an identical is right for college kids who're extra within the mainstreamthey can fall in keeping with a campus culture that downplays educational paintings whereas glorifying social grace and athletic prowess. as well as collegiate forms and rebels, Horowitz, professor of background on the Univ. of Southern California, identifies a 3rd tradition, that of the "outsiders." For those intensely severe scholars, collage is essentially a way to upward thrust on the planet. This entire social background redefines the terrain of campus lifestyles, earlier and current. via grounding her schema in bright historical past and anecdote, the writer is ready to take on head-on a fraternity-bred culture, nonetheless generic, which devalues educational and highbrow fulfillment. A path-breaking research.

From Library Journal
"To placed it directly," writes Horowitz, "college males and the school stay at conflict. scholars who assumed the tradition of school lifestyles refrained from any touch with the enemy past that required. understanding they might lose in open clash, such scholars grew to become to deception, utilizing any capacity to avoid ideas. . . . " the location she describes is at Yale within the early 1800s, now not Columbia within the Nineteen Sixties. Horowitz ( Alma Mater , LJ 8/84) has drawn on a wealth of fabric to provide a balanced but candid appraisal of the way each one new release of yankee scholars has handed on its "culture," and the way that tradition has assisted in shaping the fashionable university. She additionally offers a great context for assessing the options of assorted nationwide commissions geared toward altering the yank university of the Eighties and past. hugely steered. Richard H. Quay, Miami Univ . Libs., Oxford, Ohio

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They forged a peer consciousness sharply at odds with that of the faculty and of serious students and gave it institutional expression in the fraternity and club system. College life was altogether agreeable to affluent male adolescents of the II CAMPUS LIFE nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In the competitive world of peers, college men could fight for position on the playing field and in the newsroom and learn the manly arts of capitalism. As they did so, they indulged their love of rowdiness and good times in ritualized violence and sanctioned drinking.

As young men and women have entered college, they have surveyed the campus scene and asked the question: Where do I fit? Implicitly they have wondered if they were college men or women, outsiders, or rebels. But throughout the twentieth century educational reformers have questioned the cultural system of undergraduates, the structure of college life. Influenced 17 CAMPUS LIFE by their own college memories and prejudices, educators have worked to reshape undergraduate experience. For some the problem was that outsiders, not college men, were gaining academic glory.

Jenks in return gave Hammond 31 CAMPUS LIFE "glowing descriptions of 'life' and 'the fellows' " at NYU. Hammond's influence came to nought, and after nine months the Amherst faculty wrote to Jenks' stepfather to remove him. Protected by a vigilant faculty, Amherst in the 1840S attracted few "blades" and expelled those few it mistakenly admitted. Its fraternity men were less genteel than moderate in their temperament. William Hammond was the son of a Newport, Rhode Island, lawyer and minor public official, who himself chose the law.

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