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

By Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz

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

From Publishers Weekly
When highschool rebels embark upon university, they could pursue well-defined avenues of political or inventive expression, due to an alternate way of life to be had to American university rookies due to the fact 1910, the writer notes. a similar is correct for college students who're extra within the mainstreamthey can fall in keeping with a campus lifestyle that downplays educational paintings whereas glorifying social grace and athletic prowess. as well as collegiate kinds and rebels, Horowitz, professor of background on the Univ. of Southern California, identifies a 3rd culture, that of the "outsiders." For those intensely severe scholars, university is basically a method to upward push on the planet. This accomplished social background redefines the terrain of campus lifestyles, previous and current. through grounding her schema in bright background and anecdote, the writer is ready to take on head-on a fraternity-bred culture, nonetheless conventional, which devalues educational and highbrow success. A path-breaking research.

From Library Journal
"To placed it directly," writes Horowitz, "college males and the college stay at conflict. scholars who assumed the tradition of faculty existence refrained from any touch with the enemy past that required. figuring out they'd lose in open clash, such scholars grew to become to deception, utilizing any potential to avoid principles. . . . " 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 supply a balanced but candid appraisal of ways every one new release of yankee scholars has handed on its "culture," and the way that tradition has assisted in shaping the trendy university. She additionally presents a great context for assessing the innovations of assorted nationwide commissions geared toward altering the yankee university of the Eighties and past. hugely suggested. Richard H. Quay, Miami Univ . Libs., Oxford, Ohio

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Youthful high spirits, insubordination, and sexuality helped to shape its forms. But equally significant was that part of adolescent mentality that looked to the future and saw college as a staging ground for adult life. College students had their eyes on the society that they were about to enter. To an important degree, the college world that they made was their reading of the present so that they might claim it for their future. To those heading for the combat of American capitalism, the trials of the extracurriculum appeared to offer valuable lessons.

Individuals had long dissented from college life, finding personal strategies to confront its conformity, but Harvard in 1910 saw the birth of college rebellion. This third path collectively opposed college life. College rebels took their language from early modernism, whose creative currents they identified with the ideal university. Initial partisans came from nurturant families of the middle class whose deviance-often the mere fact of being Jewish-barred them from college life. As excited by ideas as any outsider, college rebels could be as cavalier about grades or as hedonistic as a college man, for they did not see their four college years as instrumental to future 15 CAMPUS LIFE success.

Presidents supported by faculty reasserted their right to determine who taught what, and how. They wrote the rules. They admitted students and could expel them. But the apparent victory hid the reality. Suppressed though it was, the mutinous spirit survived. It ceased to confront authority directly but turned to covert forms that grew in strength during the nineteenth century. The student culture that emerged from the revolts differed profoundly from its eighteenth-century predecessor. The literary society that held a dominant place from its mid-eighteenth-century founding until the 1820S offered a means for self-improvement, the ''junto'' of the leisured college man.

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