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Postwar Academic Fiction

Satire, Ethics, Community


About this book


As a literary genre, academic fiction has emerged in recent years as one of the most popular modes for satirizing the cultural conflicts and sociological nuances inherent in campus life. Drawing upon recent insights in ethical criticism and moral philosophy, Postwar Academic Fiction: Satire, Ethics, Community offers new readings of fictional and nonfictional works by such figures as Kingsley Amis, Vladimir Nabokov, Joyce Carol Oates, David Lodge, David Mamet, Ishmael Reed, Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar and Jane Smiley.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Penn State AltoonaUSA

About the authors

KENNETH WOMACK is Assistant Professor of English at the Pennsylvania State University's Altoona College. He has published widely on twentieth-century British and American literature as well as on bibliographical and textual criticism. In addition to serving as co-editor of Oxford University Press's The Year's Work in English Studies, he is editor of Interdisciplinary Literary Studies: A Journal of Criticism and Theory.

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'...this book (and the satires it discusses) might be instructive to university faculty, who often take themselves too seriously.' - J.C. Kohl, Choice