Nixon, Frost, Education and Class
January 2, 2009
*Mild spoiler alert*
In the Nixon Frost movie, there is a pivotal scene in which Nixon, in a lengthy monologue, speaks with equal measures of pride, trepidation, resentment, anxiety, and glee about being educated among the elite and about always wondering– at levels more complex and more deep than any questions that his elite classmates may ever had had about him — whether he’s finally shown them that he’s their equal.
I wish I had the clip to teach from.
Whether grounded in historical evidence or not, both the content and the circumstances of this five minutes of cinema say a great deal how deeply class is embodied and about how mobility may be experienced in profoundly complicated ways.
Did anyone else see it?