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