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dc.contributor.authorPowell, David McKay
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-04T20:00:31Z
dc.date.available2014-03-04T20:00:31Z
dc.date.issued2011-05
dc.identifier.otherpowell_david_m_201105_phd
dc.identifier.urihttp://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/powell_david_m_201105_phd
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10724/27275
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation analyzes the dual histories of modern literary studies in the university and the American “college novel,” a genre that includes both student- and faculty-centered narratives. I pay particular attention to the substantial volume of antipathy shown by novelists toward the academy, and suggest causes ranging from student frustration with curricular standards, professorial angst regarding departmental and bureaucratic politics, and the essential question of mission in the university humanities—how can literary studies justify themselves to the public and to modern technologically- and vocationally-oriented institutions of higher education? The central primary texts of this study are F. Scott Fitzgerald’s This Side of Paradise (1920), Saul Bellow’s The Dean’s December (1982), and Michael Chabon’s Wonder Boys (1995), which I put into conversation with commentary on education from Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Charles William Eliot, John Dewey, C. P. Snow, Allan Bloom, and Mark McGurl.
dc.languageeng
dc.publisheruga
dc.rightspublic
dc.subjectCollege novel
dc.subjectHumanities
dc.subjectLiterary studies
dc.subjectUniversity history
dc.subjectRalph Waldo Emerson
dc.subjectF. Scott Fitzgerald
dc.subjectSaul Bellow
dc.subjectMichael Chabon
dc.subjectJames Hynes
dc.titleConversations with the dead
dc.title.alternativecrisis in the humanities and the American college novel
dc.typeDissertation
dc.description.degreePhD
dc.description.departmentEnglish
dc.description.majorEnglish
dc.description.advisorDouglas Anderson
dc.description.committeeDouglas Anderson
dc.description.committeeHugh Ruppersburg
dc.description.committeeMichael Moran


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