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Ancient Cultures of Conceit

British University Fiction in the Post-War Years, 1st Edition

By Ian Carter


326 pages

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pub: 2019-10-18
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The campus novel is one of the best loved forms of fiction in the post-war period. But what are its characteristic themes? What are its prejudices? And what does it take for granted?

Originally published in 1990, this is the first study to connect literary, historical, and sociological aspects of modern British universities. It shows that the culture celebrated in British university fiction represents a particular view of humane education which has its origins in the values of Oxbridge. Threats are seen to come from the ‘redbrick’ and ‘new’ universities, from proletarians, scientists (including sociologists), women, and foreigners.

This exhilarating book makes a nonsense of sociology’s reputation for turgid and plodding analysis. Sharp-witted, shrewd, and penetrating, it will be of interest to students of sociology, literature, and for the same wide audience that appears to have an insatiable appetite for stories about university life.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements. Part 1. 1. Not with a Wimp, But a Banger Part 2. 2. The Exemplar 3. Keep and Outworks 4. Culture and Anarchy Part 3. 5. Barbarous Proletarians 6. Barbarous Scientists 7. Barbarous Women 8. Barbarous Foreigners 9. American Difference Part 4. 10. Dark Days and Black Papers 11. How to be an Alien. Appendix: British University Fiction 1945-88 (with selected earlier novels). Bibliography. Name Index. Subject Index.

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Modern Fiction

Routledge Library Editions: Modern Fiction (26 volume set) contains titles originally published between 1977 and 1997. It includes titles on the roles of women in literature, fantasy as a genre, a source guide to science fiction and many titles by renowned academics looking at specific novelists, the progression of their work and how it has been influential within modern fiction. Covering writers such as Iris Murdoch, John le Carré, Doris Lessing, Kurt Vonnegut and others, this collection will be of particular interest to students of literature and literary criticism.

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