The Academic Novel and the Future of the Humanities

By Evelyn Pezzulich.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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The Academic Novel, a sub-genre of contemporary fiction, is marked by its satiric criticism of various aspects of academic life including, but not limited to, administration, faculty, and students. Furthermore, most examples of this genre are about English Departments and, therefore, typify the changing fortunes of the Humanities as represented by this discipline. This paper will trace the development of the Academic Novel from its inception in the 1950s to its current configuration, using The Masters by C P Snow as a starting point and ending with James Hynes’ The Lecturer’s Tale. In doing so it will undertake to do two things: first, delineate some of the most intractable problems facing the Humanities, as represented by the transformation of the discipline of English, and second, look at several new directions proposed by those at the forefront of higher education reform such as Robert Zemsky and Mark Milliron.

Keywords: Academic Novel, English Departments, Higher Education Reform, Humanities

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp.237-244. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 737.070KB).

Dr. Evelyn Pezzulich

Professor, English Department, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA, USA

I am currently the Acting Associate Dean of the College of Humanities & Social Sciences and a professor of English at Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. During my tenure there, I have served in several administrative roles including the Chair of the English Department for six years and the Acting Associate Dean of Arts & Sciences. In my present position, I oversee fifteen academic departments, seven in the humanities and eight in the social sciences. I have published on topics under debate in the academy. Two such publications include “Shifting Paradigms: The Reemergence of Literary Texts in Composition Classrooms” and “Diversifying the Curriculum and Combatting Ageism through Service Learning.


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