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

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

by Christopher Stray
     
 

ISBN-10: 019815013X

ISBN-13: 9780198150138

Pub. Date: 04/28/1998

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

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

Overview

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
x(3)
Abbreviations xiii
Introduction 1(6)
Part I The Classical Establishment and its Critics, 1830-1870 7(110)
1 Classics in Nineteenth-Century England: Nature and Origins
7(23)
2 The Classical System
30(16)
3 Transmitting the Message: The Dynamics of Closure and Solidarity
46(37)
4 Competition, Challenge, and the Erosion of Classical Authority
83(34)
Part II Ideologies and Institutions, 1870-1902 117(118)
5 From Liberal Education to Learning: The Growth of Academic Scholarship
117(24)
6 Culture and Specialization in Cambridge
141(26)
7 Class, Schools, and the State, 1870-1902
167(35)
8 Redefining the Classical: Varieties of Hellenism and the Rise of Discipline
202(33)
Part III From Discipline to Disestablishment, 1902-1960 235(63)
9 The Politics of Cultural Pluralism: State Intervention and the Defence of Classics, 1902-1922
235(36)
10 Discipline, Specialism, and Hierarchy: The Realm of Latin, 1920-1960
271(27)
Bibliography 298(33)
Index 331

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