Essay: Whither Teaching in the University Novel?

Now that I have converted my doctoral thesis into a book, my critical work is moving in two directions. One looks at the questions raised during my first project, mostly related to how power, pleasure, play, and pedagogy overlap in James Joyce’s work. (Yes, I do have an alliteration problem.) The other direction considers pedagogy in other texts. It is this latter line of inquiry that led to “Whither Teaching in the University Novel?”, which started with the question of why direct representation of classroom teaching is so limited in university fiction. The article has been published as part of a special issue of American, British and Canadian Studies Journal on academic fiction, and you can read it in full at


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