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The Anglophile Academy

The Anglophile Academy

(p.247) Chapter Four The Anglophile Academy
Elisa Tamarkin
University of Chicago Press

This chapter considers the importance of Anglophilia to college life in the nineteenth century and to the academic mystique that it sustains. Why has intellectual and university culture historically assumed pretensions toward Britain? Where do the English accents come from? Figures such as George Ticknor, Edward T. Channing, James Russell Lowell, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow shaped a philosophy of intellectualism in America that patterns not only the content and pedagogic practices of higher education but also the daily routines and social pleasures of academic life.

Keywords:   Anglophilia, college life, nineteenth century, intellectual culture, university culture, Britain, academic life

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