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.
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.
Introduction: Exploring the Crossroads of Higher Education and Populat Culture - Gunilla Holm, Susan Edgerton, and Toby Daspit Part I: Whither the Ivory Tower? 1. Pictures of an Institution: Intellectual Work and the Popular Campus Film - Jo Keroes 2. Rap (in) the Academy: Higher Education and Cultural Studies - John Weaver and Toby Daspit 3. Anxiety Toward Higher Education: Dying for Thirtysomething - Scott Vander Ploeg 4. Tangled Shadows: Academic Stars in the Pursuit of Excellence - Paula Salvio and Susan Talburt Part II: The New Vocationalism and the Marketing of HIgher Education 5. Shopping for Credentials: The Theory/Practice Split in Teacher Education - Susan Huddleston Edgerton 6. The Image of Transformation: Discerning the "True Self" in the Age of Academic Publicity - Glen Hudak 7. Our Best Foot Forward: Image Management and Self-Presentation in University Promotional Films - Gunilla Holm and Paul Farber 8. The 'Distinctive College' Goes Digital: The World Wide Web and the Organizational Culture of Higher Education in the Information Age - Scott Walter 9. Contemplative Moments on the "Presto Campus" - John Ramsay Part III: Exploring Identity and Difference in the Context of Higher Education 10. Some Real High Learnin': Black Film, Higher Education, and the Politics of Class and Race - Linwood Cousins 11. 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 McDermott 13. Oleanna in Context: A View of Three Separate Performances - Lee Papa 14. Lesbian Professors in Popular Film: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Self - Allison Young 15. Those Happy Golden Years: Beverly Hills, 90210, College Style - Michelle Byers 16. The College Novel: 1945-1980 - Susan Ikenberry
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