Anti-Intellectual Representations of American Colleges and Universities: Fictional Higher Education

Anti-Intellectual Representations of American Colleges and Universities: Fictional Higher Education

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This book explores popular media depictions of higher education from an American perspective. Each chapter in this book investigates the portrait of higher education in an exciting array of media including novels, television, film, comic books, and video games revealing the ways anti-intellectualism manifests through time. Examining a wide range of narratives, the authors in this book provide incisive commentary on the role of the university as well as the life of students, faculty, and staff in fictional college campuses.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781137570031
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 01/13/2017
Series: Higher Education and Society
Edition description: 1st ed. 2017
Pages: 207
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)

About the Author

Barbara F. Tobolowsky is Associate Professor in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department at the University of Texas at Arlington, USA. She has published on media representations in the Journal of Marketing for Higher Education (2014) and the International Journal of Educational Advancement (2006), among others.

Pauline J. Reynolds is Associate Professor of Higher Education in the Graduate Department of Leadership and Counseling at the University of Redlands, USA. Her research focuses on representations of higher education in popular culture and media.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1.Cultivating Anti-Intellectualism in the Fictional University

Chapter 2. Humor in Academic Fiction: From Subtle Satire to LMAO

Chapter 3.From Superman to Squirrel Girl: Higher Education in Comic Books, 1938-2015

Chapter 4.Video Games and Anti-Intellectualism: Higher Education in Modern Video Games

Chapter 5.The Prism of Hollywood: Depictions of Racial Diversity in Films About College

Chapter 6.Titillation, Murder, and Romance: Hollywood’s Distortion of Women College Students

Chapter 7.Developing a Bad Reputation: The Emergence of Student Affairs in College Novels

Chapter 8.The Symbol of the Book: Faculty and Social Values in American Films, 1930-1950

Chapter 9.Anti-Intellectualism and the Faculty: Representations of the Primetime Professoriate

Chapter 10.Concluding Thoughts on Media Representations of Higher Education: Anti-Intellectualism and Other Themes

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