campus novels

Discussion in 'Fiction' started by myself, May 26, 2007.

  1. myself

    myself just me

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    These are novels with a university setting, satirical, written by
    former or practising academics.
    Of these, I've read "Nice Work" by David Lodge - a hybrid of the
    academic novel with the 19th century tradition. This novel is part of a
    trilogy, also consisting of "Changing Places" and "Small World."
    Other such novels are:
    - Kingsley Amis - "Lucky Jim"
    - Randall Jarrell - "Pictures from an Institution"
    - Malcolm Bradbury - "The History Man"
    American novelists tend towards anguish and relationships, while the
    British are more concerned with casting a cold eye on the harsh world
    of academic politics.
    Do you like this kind of novels?
  2. IzzieStevens

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    Another one that has a university setting is "I Am Charlotte Simmons" by Tom Wolfe. He isn't really an academic, but he does a great job of writing about the politics of social settings in most universities.

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