The A to Z Challenge asks bloggers to post 26 articles on a themed topic. It’s supposed to be every day except Sundays during the month of April but I did this last year, found it way to busy for the likes of me, and decided to post mine ‘about’ once a month. Yes, it’ll take me a couple of years. Sigh.
My topic, like the last two times I did the conventional approach, will be writing genres.
a novel whose main action is set in and around the campus of a university with a focus on students rather than faculty. Sometimes, more generally called ‘academic novels’
- Don’t focus on faculty. This is called ‘campus novel’.
- The primary characters are usually students, but they can interact with faculty.
- This may be a satire but doesn’t have to be.
- Action takes place in a finite, enclosed space (the campus)
- Tell the story from the viewpoint of the student(s).
- The plot may exploit the fictional possibilities created by the closed environment.
- Include idiosyncratic characters that inhabit unambiguous hierarchies. They may juxtapose the cultural perspective of staff vs. the social attitudes of students.
- Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
- Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis
- Changing Places by David Lodge
- Pnin by Vladimir Nabokov
- The Groves of Academe by Mary McCarthy
- The Secret History by Donna Tartt
More V Genres:
Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Man vs. Nature saga, and the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice, a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Laws of Nature, Summer 2021.