Classics Transformed: Schools, Universities, and Society in England, 1830-1960

Classics Transformed: Schools, Universities, and Society in England, 1830-1960

by Christopher Stray
     
 

This is the first book to give a general account of the transformation of classics in English schools and universities from being the amateur knowledge of the Victorian gentleman to that of the professional scholar, or from an elite social marker to a marginalized academic subject. The challenges to the authority of classics in 19th-century England are analyzed, as

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This is the first book to give a general account of the transformation of classics in English schools and universities from being the amateur knowledge of the Victorian gentleman to that of the professional scholar, or from an elite social marker to a marginalized academic subject. The challenges to the authority of classics in 19th-century England are analyzed, as are the many and various ideological responses of its practitioners. The impact of university reform on the content and organization of classical knowledge is described in detail, with special reference to Cambridge. Chapters are devoted to the effects of state intervention, social snobbery, and democracy on the provision of classics in schools, and the dissensions within the bodies set up to defend it. The narrative runs clear up to the present, fully covering along the way the abolition of Compulsory Latin in 1960 and the absence of classics from the National Curriculum in 1988.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198150138
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/28/1998
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 5.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile:
1500L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Abbreviations
Introduction1
1Classics in Nineteenth-Century England: Nature and Origins7
2The Classical System30
3Transmitting the Message: The Dynamics of Closure and Solidarity46
4Competition, Challenge, and the Erosion of Classical Authority83
5From Liberal Education to Learning: The Growth of Academic Scholarship117
6Culture and Specialization in Cambridge141
7Class, Schools, and the State, 1870-1902167
8Redefining the Classical: Varieties of Hellenism and the Rise of Discipline202
9The Politics of Cultural Pluralism: State Intervention and the Defence of Classics, 1902-1922235
10Discipline, Specialism, and Hierarchy: The Realm of Latin, 1920-1960271
Bibliography298
Index331

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