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dc.contributor.advisorBenn Michaels, Walteren_US
dc.contributor.authorFindeisen, Christopher Men_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-10-31T15:44:35Z
dc.date.available2017-10-31T15:44:35Z
dc.date.created2017-08en_US
dc.date.issued2017-08-24en_US
dc.date.submittedAugust 2017en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10027/21906
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation is study of the emergence and proliferation of the American academic novel since the 19th century. I investigate two simultaneous lines of inquiry. First, I consider the social conditions that presided over the birth of the academic novel genre during the last decades of the 19th century. Like all genres, the academic novel emerged as a recognizable literary form in response to specific political and economic conditions, particularly a growing sense that a “good-for-nothing” college education could serve some greater social purpose, above and beyond what it might to for individuals. Second, I inquire into the ideological need to repeat these generic structures in a world where that same condition has long since passed. Indeed, I argue there is an acute ideological need for academic novel to proliferate in a world in which the material rewards of higher education have subsumed the institution entirely.en_US
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dc.subjectAcademic Novelsen_US
dc.titleAbsent-Minded Forms: Academic Novels, American Meritocracy, and Other Educational Fictionsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
thesis.degree.departmentEnglishen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Illinois at Chicagoen_US
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.namePhD, Doctor of Philosophyen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberBrown, Nicholasen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberDeStigter, Todden_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberAshton, Jenniferen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberWarren, Kennethen_US
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dc.contributor.chairBenn Michaels, Walteren_US


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