Manhood at Harvard: William James and Others Kim Townsend

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Manhood at Harvard: William James and Others  by  Kim Townsend

Manhood at Harvard: William James and Others by Kim Townsend
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A century ago, while feminism began to alter our perception of the roles of women, a very different movement transformed the American ideal of manhood. Its defining terms were most clearly set forth at Harvard University in the decades following theMoreA century ago, while feminism began to alter our perception of the roles of women, a very different movement transformed the American ideal of manhood. Its defining terms were most clearly set forth at Harvard University in the decades following the Civil War. During those years, more than ever before in our culture, men became conscious of themselves as men.

Kim Townsend introduces us to the men at Harvard who were the most influential supporters and vocal critics of the new ideal of manhood. At the center was Harvard psychologist and philosopher William James, whose own personal perspective was very much a mans perspective, a masculine or manly one. His career and writing mirrored the ways Harvard responded to the pressures of the era.

Manhood at Harvard has a rich and varied cast of characters - indeed, some of the most influential thinkers of the time. There is Charles William Eliot, the university president who transformed a somewhat provincial college that seemed almost an extension of a New England prep school into a world-class university that was taking its first steps towards Americas ethnic diversity. W. E. B. Dubois pointed out the racial and gender assumptions implicit in Harvards ideal, while George Santayana, another Harvard outsider, recognized Jamess masculine directness but turned away from his philosophy.

Townsends fascinating study penetrates a distinctive culture, the legacy of which has reverberated powerfully - and provocatively - in education, politics, and society throughout the twentieth century.



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