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

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

Format:  Other,

344 pages

Publisher: Indiana University Press

Publish Date: May 2005

ISBN-13: 9780253345783

ISBN-10: 0253345782

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Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publish Date: May 2005
ISBN-13: 9780253345783
ISBN-10: 0253345782
Format: Other
Number of Pages: 344
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.59
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.62 x 1.09 x 9.56

Chapter outline

Constructing superiority : the university and the undergraduatep. 17
The transition from boyhood to manhoodp. 48
Your name and college, sir?" : discipline and authorityp. 83
Those "horrid," "holy" schools : examinations, competition, and masculine strugglep. 121
Impervious to the gentler sex?" : boat races, heterosocial relations, and masculinityp. 154
Girl graduates and colonial studentsp. 184

Book description

The mythic status of the Oxbridge man at the height of the British Empire continues to persist in depictions of this small, elite world as an ideal of athleticism, intellectualism, tradition, and ritual. In his investigation of the origins of this myth, 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. Casting light on 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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