The Texas Aggie Bonfire: A Conservative Reading of Regional Narratives, Traditional Practices, and a Paradoxical Place

@article{Smith2007TheTA,
  title={The Texas Aggie Bonfire: A Conservative Reading of Regional Narratives, Traditional Practices, and a Paradoxical Place},
  author={Jonathan M. Smith},
  journal={Annals of the Association of American Geographers},
  year={2007},
  volume={97},
  pages={182 - 201}
}
  • Jonathan M. Smith
  • Published 1 March 2007
  • Art
  • Annals of the Association of American Geographers
Abstract Concepts of place, narrative, tradition, and identity are employed in a conservative reading of the Texas A&M Bonfire. Texas A&M embodied regional narratives of a dual Southern commitment to economic and technological development and conservation of traditional cultural. Institutionalized at Texas A&M in the late nineteenth century, these narratives made a paradoxical place. Bonfire expressed and obscured this paradox. In line with the narrative of tradition, Texas A&M was an all-male… 

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