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.
“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.”
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