Bruce Fleming is a tenured professor of English at the United States Naval Academy. A winner of the O. Henry Award, he has written for the Village Voice, the Washington Post, and the Chronicle of Higher Education, among other publications. He lives in Annapolis, Maryland.
Annapolis Autumn: Life, Death, And Literature At The U.S. Naval Academyby Bruce Fleming
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What really goes on behind the wall that surrounds the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis? What are all those midshipmen, future officers in the U.S. Naval and Marine Corps and leaders of our society, thinking as they stand in neat ranks at the parades beloved by tourists? What are their professors actually educating them to do.
In Annapolis Autumn, Bruce Fleming, professor of English for nearly two decades at the academy and a prizewinning author, captures the sights, sounds, colors, and conversations of this tradition-steeped institution.
In other classes, the cadets learn how to assemble guns, control armored vehicles, man battleships, and kill other human beings. Nothing is ever less than "outstanding, sir!" In English class, however, Fleming introduces his students to nuance and subtext, to the gay poets of World War I, and to the idea that not every piece of literature is designed to be "motivational." Sharing stories from his twenty years at the academy, Fleming explores questions about teaching, the labels "liberal" and "conservative," and the ultimate purpose of higher educationissues made all the more gripping at a time when many of his students will graduate from the classroom to the battlefield.
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True:) I just got back from cheer is the world tour, thats why I have been gone so long. Also do u like the Janoskians?
Professor Fleming, while certainly qualified to offer an opinion after his years at the Academy, often misses the mark. As a graduate, I can honestly say I was never as lost, close-minded, or simply naive as he suggests most midshipmen are, coming in. Also, minor factual inaccuracies (WUBA is an acronym for a uniform that was corrupted to become an acronym for a female midshipman, for example--it was not originally conceived to mean 'female midshipman') detract from an otherwise interesting portrayal of the Yard. The prose was often quite florid--read it, but as with most things, take it with a grain of salt.