Cinema U

 

 

Cinema U

Edited by Randy Laist & Kip Kline


 

Movies about college have been a staple of American cinema since the silent era. Films like Harold Lloyd’s The Freshman (1925) and Buster Keaton’s College (1927) engaged popular ideas about the culture of campus life as it evolved throughout the 1920s, while also setting precedents for future cinematic representations of the college experience. Benchmark college movies such as The Paper Chase (1973), Animal House (1978), and Higher Learning (1995) provide insight into the ways that college has been variously imagined as a middle class rite of passage, a landscape of hedonistic fantasy, a microcosm of societal hypocrisy, a repressive system of deindividuation, and a carnivalesque holiday from “real life.” Even the most juvenile examples of the college movie genre reveal ideological assumptions and communicate influential messages about the role of knowledge, learning, and intellectualism in society.
 
This unique volume examines the representation of college and campus life in movies, with particular focus on scholarship that examines the relationship between cinematic portrayals of campus life and the lived experience of real college students. Chapters discuss the extent to which movies about college inform the expectations, perceptions, and attitudes of students, faculty, and the public. Cinema U: Representations of Higher Education in Popular Film includes close analysis of individual films as well as broader examinations of the manner in which college films have addressed issues such as race, class, gender, technology, sexuality, and cultural difference.


 


Paperback | 244 Pages | $24.99 | ISBN  978-0-9883922-5-0

 

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