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Anti-Intellectual Representations of American Colleges and Universities

Fictional Higher Education

  • Barbara F. Tobolowsky
  • Pauline J. Reynolds


  • Provides the first comprehensive exploration of the fictional representation of higher education in a range of media, including print, television, film, and online texts

  • Sheds light on the key findings that support the claim that popular depictions do affect student beliefs

  • Presents the work of a group of scholars from diverse backgrounds in higher education and media


Part of the Higher Education and Society book series (HES)

About this book


This book explores popular media depictions of higher education from an American perspective. Each chapter in this book investigates the portrait of higher education in an exciting array of media including novels, television, film, comic books, and video games revealing the ways anti-intellectualism manifests through time. Examining a wide range of narratives, the authors in this book provide incisive commentary on the role of the university as well as the life of students, faculty, and staff in fictional college campuses.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Barbara F. Tobolowsky
    • 1
  • Pauline J. Reynolds
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Texas at ArlingtonArlingtonUSA
  2. 2.University of RedlandsRedlandsUSA

About the editors

Barbara F. Tobolowsky is Associate Professor in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department at the University of Texas at Arlington, USA. She has published on media representations in the Journal of Marketing for Higher Education (2014) and the International Journal of Educational Advancement (2006), among others.

Pauline J. Reynolds is Associate Professor of Higher Education in the Graduate Department of Leadership and Counseling at the University of Redlands, USA. Her research focuses on representations of higher education in popular culture and media. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Anti-Intellectual Representations of American Colleges and Universities
  • Book Subtitle Fictional Higher Education
  • Editors Barbara F. Tobolowsky
    Pauline J. Reynolds
  • Series Title Higher Education and Society
  • Series Abbreviated Title Higher Education and Society
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-57003-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-93786-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-57004-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 207
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Higher Education
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
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