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A great read - but too short!,
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This review is from: Faculty Towers: The Academic Novel and Its Discontents (Paperback)
This book takes a decade-by-decade view, with lots of good stuff on Snow, Amis, Lurie, Bradbury, Lodge, the campus-detectives of Amanda Cross and Joan Smith, and even novels like 'White Noise' that are not 'mainstream' campus genre. My only criticism is that it's too short! It leaves out for instance, such important US campus novels as John Barth's 'Giles Goat-Boy' and Jane Smiley's 'Moo', while JK Galbraith's satire about economists at Harvard, 'A Tenured Professor', gets a mere passing mention. As for the Brits, Barry Unsworth's 'The Big Day' is left out, likewise Bradbury's 'Eating People is Wrong' (though maybe that's a good thing), and presumably Tom Sharpe's 'Porterhouse Blue' and Howard Jacobson's 'Coming From Behind' are way beneath the radar? So although I really like Elaine Showalter as a critic, this one felt a bit rushed, and I'm still waiting for a full-on survey of this genre.