A Campus Novel About Leaving Campus Behind

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Nora Bibel, laif, Redux

Jeffrey Eugenides

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Nora Bibel, laif, Redux

Jeffrey Eugenides

Whether swallows return willingly to Capistrano only ornithologists know, but the campus novel is with us unto the end of time—or at least until virtual campuses drive real ones out of business.

Its lineage dates back as far as the individual scholar chooses to track it. For some who write about the "university novel" in England, it begins with Chaucer. For American critics with the long view, it begins with Nathaniel Hawthorne's first novel, Fanshawe (1828). Every