February 16, 2001
Academic Predators, Poseurs, and Heroes in Three New Academic Novels
When literature professors, especially English professors, write novels, they tend to write about what they know best: other people's books. Even in some of the most celebrated and familiar academic satires, rewriting literary conventions is as important as mocking campus attitudes.
In Small World, for example, David Lodge used the structure of the romantic quest as the basis for his comic view of jet-setting conference junketeers,