Queens of Academe: Beauty Pageantry, Student Bodies, and College Life by Karen W. Tice

Queens of Academe: Beauty Pageantry, Student Bodies, and College Life

byKaren W. Tice

Paperback | April 23, 2012

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Universities are unlikely venues for grading bodies, beauty, poise, and style. Nonetheless, thousands of college women have sought not only college diplomas but campus beauty titles and tiaras throughout the twentieth century, and the cultural power of beauty pageants continues into thetwenty-first. In Queens of Academe, Karen W. Tice asks how, and why, does higher education remain in the beauty and body business and with what effects on student bodies and identities. Drawing on archival research and interviews as well as hundreds of hours observing college pageants on predominantly black andwhite campuses, Tice argues the pageants help to illuminate the shifting iterations of class, race, religion, culture, sexuality, and gender braided into campus rituals and student life. Moving beyond a binary of objectification versus empowerment, Tice offers a nuanced analysis of the making ofidealized collegiate masculinities and femininities, and the stylization of higher education itself.

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Karen W. Tice is an Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies and Educational Policy Studies at the University of Kentucky. She is the author of Tales of Wayward Girls and Immoral Women: Case Records and the Professionalization of Social Work (Illinois, 1998).

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Title:Queens of Academe: Beauty Pageantry, Student Bodies, and College LifeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:April 23, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments1. Beauty and the Boar2. Cleavage and Campus Life3. Pride and Pulchritude: Campus Pageant Politics, 1920-19804. Making the Grade in the New Millennium: Beauty, Platforming, Celebrity, and Normativity5. "We Are Here:" Pageants as Racial "Homeplaces" and Ethnic Combat Zones6. Class Acts and Class Work: Poise and the Polishing of Campus Queens7. Flesh and Spirit: Bibles, Beauty, and Bikinis8. Afterward: Class Work/HomeworkEndnotesBibliography