Academic Novels as Satire: Critical Studies of an Emerging Genre

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Mark Bosco, Kimberly Rae Connor
Edwin Mellen Press, 2007 - Education - 154 pages
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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. 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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