Campus Life in the Movies: A Critical Survey from the Silent Era to the Present

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McFarland, Oct 15, 2008 - Performing Arts - 232 pages
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Hollywood films have presented audiences with stories of campus life for nearly a century, shaping popular perceptions of our colleges and universities and the students who attend them. These depictions of campus life have even altered the attitudes of the students themselves, serving as both a mirror of and a model for behavior. One can only imagine how many high school seniors enter college today with the hopes of living the proverbial Animal House or PCU Greek experience, or how many have worried over the SAT and college admissions after watching more recent movies like 2004's The Perfect Score. This book explores themes of college life in 681 live-action, theatrically released, feature-length films set in the United States and released from 1915 through 2006, evaluating how these movies both reflected and distorted the reality of undergraduate life. Topics include college admissions, the freshman experience, academic work, professor-student relations, student romance, fraternity and sorority life, sports, political activism, and other extracurricular activities. The book also includes a complete filmography and 66 illustrations.
 

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Contents

Preface
1
Introduction
3
1 Getting In
13
2 Freshman Year
35
3 Higher Learning
53
4 Teachers Pet
72
5 Love Story
95
6 Going Greek
122
7 The Big Game
143
8 The Activist
169
9 Those Were The Days
186
Chapter Notes
203
Filmography
208
Bibliography
214
Index
217
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John E. Conklin is a professor of sociology at Tufts University, where he has taught a course on college life and film. He is the author of nine other books.

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