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by P. F. Kluge

eBook Alma Mater: A College Homecoming ePub
Author: P. F. Kluge
Language: English
ISBN: 0201567938
ISBN13: 978-0201567939
Publisher: Addison-Wesley; Stated First Printing edition (November 1, 1993)
Pages: 252
Category: Schools & Teaching
Subcategory: Teaching
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 306
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Alma Mater: A College Homecoming Hardcover – November 1, 1993. Novelist Kluge ( Eddie and the Cruisers ), who graduated from Kenyon College in 1964, returned to the campus in Gambier, Ohio, in the 1980s to teach English and fiction writing

Alma Mater: A College Homecoming Hardcover – November 1, 1993. by. P. F. Kluge (Author). Novelist Kluge ( Eddie and the Cruisers ), who graduated from Kenyon College in 1964, returned to the campus in Gambier, Ohio, in the 1980s to teach English and fiction writing. He also went to reflect on change and stability at his alma mater. Here he takes the measure, casually, of a year in the life of Kenyon, critical and yet affectionate in his regard for a rural liberal arts college with a distinguished tradition, especially in letters, formed by John Crowe Ransom, Robert Lowell, Randall Jarrell and others.

Alma mater : a college homecoming. Kluge, P. (Paul Frederick), 1942-. F (Paul Frederick), 1924-, Kluge, P. (Paul Frederick), 1942-, Kenyon College - History, Kenyon College - Description, Kenyon College, Universities and colleges, Universities and colleges - Ohio - Gambier, Ohio - Gambier. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. Uploaded by station13. cebu on January 4, 2020.

Kenyon College Book Store, 1998 - Universities and colleges - 258 pages. Bibliographic information. Alma Mater: A College Homecoming. From inside the book. This is an interesting Kluge book. It's basically a memoir about how Kluge went back to his alma mater for an academic year to teach a writing course. Each chapter is subsequent month in the semester. Kenyon College Book Store, 1998. 0962325015, 9780962325014.

Kluge's popular non-fiction work, Alma Mater: A College Homecoming chronicles Kluge's time as a student and teacher at Kenyon College. This work vividly describes the struggles a liberal arts college faces as times change. The Edge of Paradise: America in Micronesia describes Kluge's return to Micronesia and his observations on how the American presence has affected the islands

An alumnus of Kenyon College as well as a faculty member, Kluge presents a knowledgeable examination of the dynamics, character, traditions, tensions, and pretensions of the small, private, and costly school.

An alumnus of Kenyon College as well as a faculty member, Kluge presents a knowledgeable examination of the dynamics, character, traditions, tensions, and pretensions of the small, private, and costly school. Famous teachers include John Crowe Ransom, and famous students include .

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The author returns to Kenyon, the liberal arts college where he was a student and later a professor, and examines the role of college in modern America
Not only students struggle with life in a small private university. Here is an inside view from one who has been on both sides of the divide between faculty and students.
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Good Book. Used for a class. Will keep in my collection. Pretty good for Student Development Professional reading. I thought the story line was ok. Not one of my favorite reads, but I'll give it another try when I don't need it for class so there is no pressure in reading.
Beautifully written.
Liberal arts colleges evoke a certain image in the American imagination: ivy-laced little cities on a thousand different hills; places rich in tradition, where teachers teach, students learn, and smallness encourages community and accountability. As compared to big research universities, their professors are less likely to be distracted by big-city pretensions and obsequious grad students. The small-college ideal is what much of America likes to think higher education once was and should be again.
Kluge, in this touching, sardonic reconsideration of his own alma mater, Kenyon College (the book is essentially a diary of the year he spent back in Gambier, Ohio, as a visiting professor), shows us that the reality of a real liberal arts college -- its ghosts, aspirations, conceits, compromises -- is far more complicated. Its history and traditions are as much a curse as a blessing. The dignified, self-knowing exterior it presents to prospective students and the public may mask self-doubts, intrigues, identity crises. For faculty as well as students, small size and intimacy means academic and cultural debates are more difficult to avoid, the stakes higher, the joys and sorrows more intensely personal.
Though not the author's primary purpose, Alma Mater provides a rich and interpretive portrait of contemporary American academic culture. Today a college like Kenyon, isolated though it may be by geography, is awash in the same turmoils as the biggest and most unwieldy Research I institution: race, gender, fraternities, curriculum, faculty roles and rewards, and, as always, money. Just as TV and computers have virtually wiped out traditional regional cultures, so journals, conferences, and faculty mobility assure that professors in vastly different settings will be wrestling with the same ideas, controversies, and alienations.
Kluge's vivid, indeed exquisite, writing draws out larger truths behind quotidian events and observations. Office corridors strangely dark and deserted in the middle of a weekday become a metaphor for faculty overspecialization (increasingly treated like free agents, professors ply their little projects in solitude from home) and the consequent loss of campus collegiality and sense of community. Figures at a faculty meeting seem to come from some central casting of academic types and images. And anyone who has taught a college course would empathize with Kluge's take on grading: "Splattering comments on papers, you sense you are working harder on grading than they ever did on writing, that you are obliged to take seriously what they took casually."
To his bemusement, Kluge, ultimately discovers he can't go home again. But he gives us a loving and richly detailed portrait of the inner life of a college he still loves, a "good place," and we understand why.
As a professor at a small college (Muhlenberg, in Allentown, PA), I found these descriptions of Kenyon to be instantly transferrable. When Alma Mater was sweeping Muhlenberg a few years ago, my faculty colleagues swore that Kluge must have been hiding behind the drapes, so perfectly did he capture the scene here. Of course, friends on other campuses said the same. Kluge has hit upon something universal about what it means to be a faculty member at a liberal arts college in a book that is at once funny, moving, and spot-on accurate.
Every autumn, I make a point of pulling Alma Mater off the shelf to recharge my professorial batteries. In so doing, I remind myself of both the peculiarities and the nobility of this profession. And I remind myself, as well, of what excellent writing sounds like.
I read this book years ago and still re-read parts of it at times. I used to look at chapters about grading and student attitudes when I was teaching at a university, to see how Kluge's experiences matched mine. I found this a wonderful portrait of a small, expensive liberal arts college; the experience of returning to your college, and living among students; and preparing for classes and grading.
This book is a great look at small liberal arts colleges through the eyes of a past graduate returning to teach at his alma mater. The book provides insight into the inner workings of a college both from an administrative and academic point of view. Kluge's reflections are always though-provoking and yet the prose is so wonderfully simple. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone.
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