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Campus Traditions: Folklore from the Old-Time College to the Modern Mega-University

Simon J. Bronner


From their beginnings, campuses emerged as hotbeds of traditions and folklore. American college students inhabit a culture with its own slang, stories, humor, beliefs, rituals, and pranks. This book takes a long look at American campus life and how it is shaped by students and at the same time shapes the values of all who pass through it. The archetypes of absent-minded profs, fumbling jocks, and curve-setting dweebs are the stuff of legend and humor, along with the all-nighters, tailgating parties, and initiations that mark campus tradition—and student identities. The book traces historical c ... More

Keywords: campuses, folklore, college students, rituals, pranks, campus life, jocks, campus tradition, mega-university, old-time college

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9781617036163
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617036163.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Simon J. Bronner, author