The Wealthy, the Brilliant, the Few

Elite Education in Contemporary American Discourse

How does the US make sense of its elite educational system, given that it seems to be at odds with core American values, such as equality of opportunity or upward mobility? Sophie Spieler explores scholarly and journalistic investigations, self-representational texts, and fictional narratives revolving around the Ivy League and its peers in order to understand elite education and its peculiar position in American cultural discourse. Among the book's most surprising and groundbreaking insights is the tenacity and adaptability of meritocratic ideology across all three sub-discourses, despite its fundamental incompatibility with the American educational system.

Overview Chapters

  1. Frontmatter

    Seiten 1 - 4
  2. Contents

    Seiten 5 - 6
  3. Acknowledgements

    Seiten 7 - 8
  4. Introduction

    Seiten 9 - 20
  5. I. Exposition: Approaching the Elite Educational Space

    1. Introductory Remarks

    Seite 21
  6. 2. Starting Points: Eliteness and Education in American Culture

    Seiten 21 - 29
  7. 3. 'Very Important, Very Powerful, or Very Prominent': Eliteness in America

    Seiten 29 - 50
  8. 4. 'Excellence and Equity': Merit as the Price of Admission

    Seiten 50 - 58
  9. 5. 'A Touchy Subject'? Class and Elite Education

    Seiten 58 - 67
  10. 6. Concluding Remarks

    Seiten 67 - 68
  11. II. Critique: Elite Education and Its Discontents

    1. Introductory Remarks

    Seiten 69 - 73
  12. 2. Mapping the Critical Landscape

    Seiten 73 - 83
  13. 3. Progressivist Critiques

    Seiten 83 - 95
  14. 4. Conservative Critiques

    Seiten 95 - 109
  15. 5. Concluding Remarks

    Seiten 110 - 112
  16. III. Affirmation: Self-Representation at Princeton University

    1. Introductory Remarks

    Seiten 113 - 118
  17. 2. Elite College Admissions: A Discourse of Impossibility and Pathology

    Seiten 118 - 123
  18. 3. A Meritocracy of Affect

    Seiten 123 - 135
  19. 4. Epistemological Frames: Diversity, the Good Life, Community

    Seiten 135 - 170
  20. 5. Concluding Remarks

    Seiten 170 - 174
  21. IV. Imagination: Fictionalizations of the Elite Educational Experience

    1. Introductory Remarks

    Seiten 175 - 178
  22. 2. Exposition: Fiction in the Discourse of Elite Education

    Seiten 178 - 186
  23. 3. Prep in the Discourse: Publicity, 'Preppiness', and the Neoliberal Imagination

    Seiten 186 - 211
  24. 4. Diversity, Class, Mobility: Prep's Cultural Work

    Seiten 211 - 242
  25. 5. Concluding Remarks

    Seiten 242 - 248
  26. Conclusion

    Seiten 249 - 256
  27. Works Cited

    Seiten 257 - 276
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1 June 2021, 276 pages
ISBN: 978-3-8376-5729-6

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Author(s)
Sophie Spieler
Book title
The Wealthy, the Brilliant, the Few Elite Education in Contemporary American Discourse
Publisher
transcript Verlag
Pages
276
Features
kart., Dispersionsbindung
ISBN
978-3-8376-5729-6
DOI
10.14361/9783839457290
Commodity Group
1564
BIC-Code
DSB JFC
BISAC-Code
LIT004020 SOC022000
THEMA-Code
DSB JBCC
Release date
1 June 2021
Edition
1
Topics
Bildung, Literatur, Amerika
Readership
Cultural Studies, Literary Studies, Education, Critical University Studies
Keywords/Tags
Social Stratification, Distinction, Meritocracy, Campus Novels, Capital, Princeton, Elite Education, Class, Discourse Analysis, Neoliberalism, Ivy League, Curtis Sittenfeld, Literature, Education, America, American Studies, Cultural Studies, Cultural Theory, Literary Studies

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