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Faculty Towers: The Academic Novel & its Discontents

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In the days before there were handbooks, self-help guides, or advice columns for graduate students and junior faculty, there were academic novels teaching us how a proper professor should speak, behave, dress, think, write, love, and (more than occasionally) solve murders. If many of these books are wildly funny, others paint pictures of failure and pain, of lives wasted or destroyed. Like the suburbs, Elaine Showalter notes, the campus can be the site of pastoral and refuge. But even ivory towers can be structurally unsound, or at least built with glass ceilings. Though we love to read about them, all is not well in the faculty towers, and the situation has been worsening.In Faculty Towers, Showalter takes a personal look at the ways novels about the academy have charted changes in the university and society since 1950. With her readings of C. P. Snow's idealized world of Cambridge dons or of the globe-trotting antics of David Lodge's Morris Zapp, of the sleuthing Kate Fansler in Amanda Cross's best-selling mystery series or of the recent spate of bitter novels in which narratives of sexual harassment seem to serve as fables of power, anger, and desire,Showalter holds a mirror up to the world she has inhabited over the course of a distinguished and often controversial career.
Owner's name and date on front end piece. Hand written notes on rear end piece otherwise in very good condition with original dust jacket.

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Author(s):
Showalter, Elaine
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Used: very good
Edition:
2005
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
9780199283323
Number of pages:
166
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

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In the days before there were handbooks, self-help guides, or advice columns for graduate students and junior faculty, there were academic novels teaching us how a proper professor should speak, behave, dress, think, write, love, and (more than occasionally) solve murders. If many of these books are wildly funny, others paint pictures of failure and pain, of lives wasted or destroyed. Like the suburbs, Elaine Showalter notes, the campus can be the site of pastoral and refuge. But even ivory towers can be structurally unsound, or at least built with glass ceilings. Though we love to read about them, all is not well in the faculty towers, and the situation has been worsening.In Faculty Towers, Showalter takes a personal look at the ways novels about the academy have charted changes in the university and society since 1950. With her readings of C. P. Snow's idealized world of Cambridge dons or of the globe-trotting antics of David Lodge's Morris Zapp, of the sleuthing Kate Fansler in Amanda Cross's best-selling mystery series or of the recent spate of bitter novels in which narratives of sexual harassment seem to serve as fables of power, anger, and desire,Showalter holds a mirror up to the world she has inhabited over the course of a distinguished and often controversial career.
Owner's name and date on front end piece. Hand written notes on rear end piece otherwise in very good condition with original dust jacket.

Added value:
First Edition
Author(s):
Showalter, Elaine
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
2005
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
9780199283323
Number of pages:
166
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

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