Classics Transformed: Schools, Universities, and Society in England, 1830-1960

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This is the first book to give a general account of the transformation of classics in English schools and universities from being the amateur knowledge of the Victorian gentleman to that of the professional scholar, or from an elite social marker to a marginalized academic subject. The challenges to the authority of classics in 19th-century England are analyzed, as are the many and various ideological responses of its practitioners. The impact of university reform on the content and organization of classical knowledge is described in detail, with special reference to Cambridge. Chapters are devoted to the effects of state intervention, social snobbery, and democracy on the provision of classics in schools, and the dissensions within the bodies set up to defend it. The narrative runs clear up to the present, fully covering along the way the abolition of Compulsory Latin in 1960 and the absence of classics from the National Curriculum in 1988.

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Christopher Stray is at Wolfson College, Cambridge.

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"This excellent book is of more immediate interest to American classicists than the comparatively narrow scope of its subtitle would suggest. Classicists should be grateful, for this exemplary exercise in intellectual, social snobbery, entrenched authority and perverse conservatism that only a scholar trained in the disciplines of sociology (this is not in Stray's case an oxymoron) and history could achieve." -- The Classical Outlook


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