1st Edition

Imagining the Academy Higher Education and Popular Culture

Edited By Susan Edgerton, Gunilla Holm, Toby Daspit, Paul Farber Copyright 2005
    294 Pages
    by Routledge

    296 Pages
    by Routledge

    The essays in this book examine various forms of popular culture and the ways in which they represent, shape, and are constrained by notions about and issues within higher education. From an exploration of rap music to an analysis of how the academy presents and markets itself on the World Wide Web, the essays focus attention on higher education issues that are bound up in the workings and effects of popular culture.

    Introduction: Exploring the Crossroads of Higher Education and Populat Culture - Gunilla Holm, Susan Edgerton, and Toby DaspitPart I: Whither the Ivory Tower?1. Pictures of an Institution: Intellectual Work and the Popular Campus Film - Jo Keroes2. Rap (in) the Academy: Higher Education and Cultural Studies - John Weaver and Toby Daspit3. Anxiety Toward Higher Education: Dying for Thirtysomething - Scott Vander Ploeg4. Tangled Shadows: Academic Stars in the Pursuit of Excellence - Paula Salvio and Susan TalburtPart II: The New Vocationalism and the Marketing of HIgher Education5. Shopping for Credentials: The Theory/Practice Split in Teacher Education - Susan Huddleston Edgerton6. The Image of Transformation: Discerning the True Self in the Age of Academic Publicity - Glen Hudak7. Our Best Foot Forward: Image Management and Self-Presentation in University Promotional Films - Gunilla Holm and Paul Farber8. The 'Distinctive College' Goes Digital: The World Wide Web and the Organizational Culture of Higher Education in the Information Age - Scott Walter9. Contemplative Moments on the Presto Campus - John RamsayPart III: Exploring Identity and Difference in the Context of Higher Education10. Some Real High Learnin': Black Film, Higher Education, and the Politics of Class and Race - Linwood Cousins11. Death in a Tenured Position: Higher Education and Feminism in the Novels of Amanda Cross - Eugene Provenzo, Jr.12. Vampires on Campus: Reflections on (Un)Death, Transformation and Blood Knowledges in The Addiction - Tony Daspit and Morna McDermott13. Oleanna in Context: A View of Three Separate Performances - Lee Papa14. Lesbian Professors in Popular Film: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Self - Allison Young15. Those Happy Golden Years: Beverly Hills, 90210, College Style - Michelle Byers16. The College Novel: 1945-1980 - Susan Ikenberry


    Susan Edgerton is Associate Professor of Education at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

    Gunilla Holm is Professor of Educational Studies at Western Michigan University.

    Toby Daspit is Associate Professor of Teaching, Learning, and Leadership at Western Michigan University.

    Paul Farber is Professor of Educational Studies at Western Michigan University.

    "Spanning both media and textual practices, Imaging the Academy offers fresh readings of the representation of higher education in popular culture. The collection contains unexpected insights into tense relations between seemingly opposing pedagogical and institutional forms, from accelerated marketing of the academic business to the assumed professional formation of the university scholar-teacher. The authors make essential contributions to the critical discussion and debate about the status, role, and privileged cultural force of the university in contemporary society." -- Warren E. Crichlow, Faculty of Education, York University
    "What is 'the play of the personal' in the present historical moment? Are intellectual breakthroughs rendered fads in a consumerist and careerist academic culture? Have we faculty become mere bureaucrats of the mind? To these and other key questions, this crucial collection is devoted." -- William F. Pinar, St. Bernard Parish Alumni Endowed Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Louisiana State University