Academic Novels as Satire: Critical Studies of an Emerging Genre

Academic Novels as Satire: Critical Studies of an Emerging Genre

By: Kimberly Rae Connor (editor), Mark Bosco (editor), Albert Gelpi (preface_author)Hardback

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This book examines satirical portrayals of academia as exhibited in works of academic fiction, revealing the way in which this genre represents University life to the broader reading public and enables members of that sub-culture to critically engage their own negotiations of individual, communal and institutional identity. This work should appeal to scholars interested in the literary genre of satire, in contemporary University life, and in literature. This book explores the ways in which academia serves as a repository for contemporary cultural issues, problems, and performances by way of interpretations of academic fiction that observe this phenomenon. Composed by practicing academics who also appreciate satire aimed at their profession, the authors offer this collection as a correction to increasingly cynical portrayals of academic life. Instead, the authors provide interpretations that identify satire as a timely and effective genre for critically commenting on the state of academia because it reveals ethical dimensions that engage an ironic voice to negotiate issues of culture and identity. Included among the essays are the results of responses gathered from practicing authors in the genre of academic satire who provide commentary and insights exclusive to this collection.

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Rev. Mark Bosco, S.J., holds joint appointments in the Departments of English and Theology at Loyola University Chicago. He received his Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies in Theology and Literature from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. Dr. Bosco's teaching and research interests lie in the intersection between theological discourse and literary texts, especially those of the British and American Catholic Literary Revival of the twentieth century. He is the author of two books, including most recently Graham Greene's Catholic Imagination (Oxford University Press, 2005). Dr. Kimberly Rae Connor is Associate Professor in the College of Professional Studies at the University of San Francisco. She received her Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia. Dr. Connor's academic interests focus on African American religious life and cultural production. She is the author of three books, including most recently Imagining Grace: Liberating Theologies in the Slave Narrative Tradition (University of Illinois Press, 2000).


Foreword by Albert Gelpi; Introduction: Stumbling through the Groves - Kimberly Rae Connor, University of San Francisco; Our Hitler? The Academic Novel, Revisionist History, and the American Campus - Cecile Cazort Zorach, Franklin and Marshall College; Towers of Ivory, Corridors of Linoleum: Utopia in Academic Novels - Peter Sands, University of Wisconsin; From Campus Fiction to Metacritical Fiction: A.S. Byatt's Academic Novels - Doryjane Birrer, College of Charleston; Tracing the Phallic Imagination: Male Desire and Female Aggression in Philip Roth's Academic Novels - Mark K. Fulk, Buffalo State University; The Academic Novel with a Difference: David Lodge's Nice Work - Earl G. Ingersoll, SUNY Brockport; "Teaching English Isn't the Clean Work it Used to Be": Satirizing the Plight of Token Professionals in Richard Russo's Straight Man - Brooks Bouson, Loyola University; John L'Heureux's The Handmaid of Desire: Desiring the Good Academic Imagination - Mark Bosco, S.J., Loyola University; Bibliographies.

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  • publication date: 31/03/2007
  • ISBN13: 9780773454187
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 164
  • ID: 9780773454187
  • ISBN10: 0773454187

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