Summary Of Hidden Intellectualism By Gerald Graff

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In Gerald Graff’s Hidden Intellectualism, Graff states that intellectualism does not only exist in the academic world, it also exists in “street smarts”(244). Looking back on his childhood he points out how he did not like academic subjects. He loved sports; reading sports magazines and books written by athletes like Joe Dimaggio. The Chicago neighbourhood he grew up in, anti-intellectualism ruled, and it still does.He was torn “between the need to prove I was smart and the fear of a beating if I proved it to well”(246). Graff would sometimes be in a conversation between his friends about who was superior, but little did he know this heated arguments that he had were seeds that were being planted for the future. It helped him develop analysis,