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.
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