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Manhood at Harvard: William James and Others


Publisher:W W Norton & Co Inc



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The philosopher William James sought to achieve a tough-minded practice of philosophical thinking, an intellectual attitude he described largely in the language of masculinity. For several decades, James championed this mode of thought to students at Harvard, who ranged from W. E. B. DuBois to Theodore Roosevelt. Professor Kim Townsend's book Manhood at Harvard is an analysis of the language and ideas that James and other faculty at Harvard promoted throughout the late 19th century. Townsend argues the language had great influence through its mark on the leading lights of America, influencing notions of individualism in the literary works of Gertrude Stein and Ernest Hemingway, and the imperial foreign policy championed by roughriding Teddy Roosevelt. An interesting account of Harvard's physical and intellectual environment in these decades, the book is also a provocative reading of gender and sexuality in American intellectual history.

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