Category Archives: campus novel

Lydia Kiesling’s The Golden State

September 6, 2018 – Slate

The Agony of Bureaucracy

A conversation with Lydia Kiesling about The Golden State.

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The job Daphne drives away from is at a university that looks a lot like UC–Berkeley. How does your novel compare to other campus novels?

Some of my literary sensibility was for better or worse formed by novels like Lucky Jim, with a comic protagonist we are meant to see as Everyman. I’m amazed at how long it took me to realize not only that Lucky Jim is a terrible Everyman but that there’s a lot of harm written into that book—the casualties of the book (poor Margaret Peel) are presented as funny. I still love the book and have a soft spot for that campus-novel sensibility that is arch and judgmental and barbarously unempathetic, but it’s basically irreconcilable with the way women are socialized, and with the demands of motherhood. My book is in some ways the result of taking a Lucky Jim type of sensibility but putting it on a woman with a baby. Suddenly, the book is completely different. There are stakes.”

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Julie Schumacher’s “The Shakespeare Requirement”

August 20, 2018 – The New Republic

The New Campus Novel

Julie Schumacher’s “The Shakespeare Requirement” is a playful, sharp satire of the horrors of modern academia.

By JOSEPHINE LIVINGSTONE

“The Shakespeare Requirement takes on a department in a terrible state. English at Payne is not so much an intellectual nest of idiot vipers, as in The History Man, but rather a collection of people with very little energy left to give, trying in their semi-competent way to keep their subject alive in a hostile culture. Fitger is perhaps the least competent among them—he can barely use email, for example—but the travails of the novel end up testing his worth as a human being, not as an administrator.”

R. O. Kwon’s The Incendiaries

July 31, 2018 – LA Review of Books

Leaps of Doubt in R. O. Kwon’s “The Incendiaries”

by Anna E. Clark

“IS THERE ANY TIME of life more racked by yearning and uncertainty than college? Not, at least, in R. O. Kwon’s The Incendiaries, a debut novel that cannily blurs the line between campus novel and cult lit. As Kwon depicts them, those aching years are a time for confronting the fuzziness of one’s beliefs, for wrestling with the problem of who we want to be.”

https://www.npr.org/2018/08/01/634581276/the-incendiaries-is-an-angsty-back-to-school-novel-about-believing-in-god

https://ew.com/books/2018/08/09/r-o-kwon-the-incendiaries/

https://yaledailynews.com/blog/2018/09/14/red-cups-laundry-machines-and-the-fbi/

CfP: “The American Academic Novel Nowadays: Its Contents and Discontents”, Panel in London, 4-7 April 2018. Deadline for abstracts: September 15, 2017.

Conference Call for Papers

“The American Academic Novel Nowadays: Its Contents and Discontents”

Panel organized within the framework of the European Association for American Studies (EAAS) and British Association for American Studies (BAAS) “Environment, Place and Protest” conference

King’s College London, University College London, and the British Library

London, 4-7 April 2018

This panel aims to explore the various interactions between academe and the real world in contemporary American fiction, non-fiction and film, in connection with modern day issues, discourses, and trends.

Submissions may include academic fiction, non-fiction and film, and the following topics:

  • Indigenous studies
  • Postcolonial studies
  • Race studies
  • Queer and feminist theory & gender studies
  • Ecocriticism and environmental studies
  • Posthumanism and animal studies
  • Refugees, migrations and immigration
  • Cosmopolitanism
  • Trauma, illness and disability studies
  • Critical university studies
  • Digital media and technology
  • Religion
  • Media and journalism
  • Politics and activism

Please send an abstract (250 words), including a title, for a 20-minute paper, and a short bio note by September 15, 2017 to the panel organizer Marta Lysik at marta.lysik@uwr.edu.pl.

Suzette Mayr’s Dr. Edith Vane and the Hares of Crawley Hall

June 2, 2017 – calgaryherald.com

Suzette Mayr’s new novel looks at the horrors of academia through a satirical lens by Eric Volmers

“After all, there is a certain risk to writing a dark satire about university culture while still working at a university. Dr. Edith Vane and the Hares of Crawley Hall does not take place at the University of Calgary, where Mayr currently teaches creative writing as an associate professor in the faculty of arts. Instead, it takes place in the not-so-hallowed halls of the University of Inivea, a rotting and perhaps haunted piece of brutalist architecture found in a fictional Alberta town. A Toronto Star critic recently described the setting as a ‘delightfully twisted version of Mayr’s Calgary, a funhouse mirror designed with Kafka and Lewis Carroll in mind.’ ”

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More:

http://www.quillandquire.com/omni/suzatte-mayr-how-the-confluence-of-mental-health-issues-and-an-affinity-for-horror-novels-led-to-my-latest-book/

CfP:”Representations of Textual and Contextual Boundaries in Academic Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Film” in Kaunas, Lithuania 27-28 April, 2017

 

Session organized within the framework of the

“Texts and Contexts: The Phenomenon of Boundaries” conference

Vilnius University Kaunas, Faculty of Humanities

This panel aims to explore the representations of different boundaries at work in academic fiction, non-fiction and film, be they referring to genre and its textual fabric, or the reality and different contexts these narratives depict.

Submissions can relate, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Textual vs. material reality in academic narratives,
  • Student-teacher boundaries and off-limits behaviors in academic narratives,
  • Divisions in the academe,
  • No limits – academic utopias and dystopias,
  • Breaking the boundary of realism – sci-fi academic narratives,
  • Limits of empathy and identification – academics reading and writing academic novels,
  • Frontiers and trailblazers in the academe,
  • Probing the limits of truth, or facts and fiction in academic narratives and life writing – autofiction, roman à  clef etc.,
  • Academic metafiction and breaking down of the fourth wall – writers writing about writers and writing,
  • Limitless navel-gazing? Self-reflexivity in academic narratives, or academics writing about academe and academics
  • Academic novel – genre boundaries and margins

Please send a short abstract (no more than 200 words) for a 20-minute paper, and a bio note by 6 February, 2017 to the session organizer Marta Lysik at marta.lysik@uwr.edu.pl.

A Contemporary Version of Stoner? Loner by Teddy Wayne

September 13, 2016 – vanityfair.com

Loner Author Teddy Wayne on Tackling the Campus Novel and Male Privilege
The author discusses the dark social forces that influenced his latest book.
BY MIKE SACKS

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Vanity Fair contributor and New York Times columnist Teddy Wayne has a new campus novel, Loner (Simon & Schuster), out today, just in time for back-to-school season. Wayne’s third book follows David Federman, an alienated Harvard freshman who soon becomes infatuated with Veronica, a glamorous, sophisticated Manhattanite in his dorm.

What begins as a wry coming-of-age story soon spirals into a dark, disturbing portrait of obsession and an examination of class and gender politics.”

More:

http://kdlg.org/post/first-year-college-student-finds-himself-outclassed-loner#stream/0

http://www.dailynebraskan.com/arts_and_entertainment/hammack-loner-represents-modern-college-life/article_ed40ec9c-8f62-11e6-8e10-ff014ed49d2a.html