Oxbridge Men: British Masculinity and the Undergraduate Experience, 1850-1920

Oxbridge Men: British Masculinity and the Undergraduate Experience, 1850-1920

by Paul R. Deslandes
     
 

ISBN-10: 0253345782

ISBN-13: 9780253345783

Pub. Date: 04/01/2005

Publisher: Indiana University Press

The mythic status of the Oxbridge man at the height of the British Empire persists in depictions of this small, elite world as an ideal of athleticism, intellectualism, tradition, and ritual. In his investigation of the origins of this mythic status, Paul R. Deslandes explores the everyday life of undergraduates at Oxford and Cambridge to examine how they experienced…  See more details below

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The mythic status of the Oxbridge man at the height of the British Empire persists in depictions of this small, elite world as an ideal of athleticism, intellectualism, tradition, and ritual. In his investigation of the origins of this mythic status, Paul R. Deslandes explores the everyday life of undergraduates at Oxford and Cambridge to examine how they experienced manhood. He considers phenomena such as the dynamics of the junior common room, the competition of exams, and the social and athletic obligations of intercollegiate boat races to show how rituals, activities, relationships, and discourses all contributed to gender formation. Drawing on a wide range of sources, including student publications, memoirs, cartoons, photographs, and architecture, Deslandes brings to light the lived experience of undergraduates. Oxbridge Men shows how an influential brand of British manliness was embraced, altered, and occasionally rejected as these students grew from boys into men.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253345783
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
04/01/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.09(d)

Table of Contents

1Constructing superiority : the university and the undergraduate17
2The transition from boyhood to manhood48
3"Your name and college, sir?" : discipline and authority83
4Those "horrid," "holy" schools : examinations, competition, and masculine struggle121
5"Impervious to the gentler sex?" : boat races, heterosocial relations, and masculinity154
6Girl graduates and colonial students184

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