Oxbridge Men: British Masculinity And The Undergraduate Experience, 1850-1920

Paperback | July 20, 2015

byPaul R. Deslandes

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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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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 Cambri...

Paul R. Deslandes is Associate Professor of History at the University of Vermont.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:340 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:July 20, 2015Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253017831

ISBN - 13:9780253017833

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. Constructing Superiority: The University and the Undergraduate
2. The Transition from Boyhood to Manhood
3. "Your Name and College, Sir?" Discipline and Authority
4. Those "Horrid," "Holy" Schools: Examinations, Competition, and Masculine Struggle
5. "Impervious to the Gentler Sex?" Boat Races, Heterosocial Relations, and Masculinity
6. Girl Graduates and Colonial Students
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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"Deslandes's principal sources-student magazines and periodicals-capture well the varsity ethos with its mingling of pompous self-importance and youthful high-jinks... This book captures well the rhythms and rituals of undergraduate life." -American Historical Review