The devil and webster book review
Summary and reviews of The Devil and Webster by Jean Hanff KorelitzNaomi struggles to preserve dialogue and transparency, and to maintain favorable publicity so that enrollment will increase. Things start well. There were bells and whistles, of course, myriad responsibilities, drudgery, absurdities, little challenges like speechifying and remembering names and riding the general rocket that was twenty-first century selective admissions in a helicopter parent culture, but at the end of the day the job boiled down to these three. This blithe attitude is tested when a popular professor of folklore is denied tenure. The aptly named Professor Gall has published only one work, which was plagiarized. When students get wind of his pending dismissal, they come to his defense, camping out in the quad to protest. The logical solution — tell the kids the reason for the denial — is not available, because the tenure process is strictly private , a tenet emphasized many times as the novel unfolds.
The Devil and Webster: A Novel
Thank you! Naomi, herself from an earlier generation of demonstrators, is inclined to be tolerant when a group of students camps on the Webster quad to protest the denial of tenure to popular professor Nicholas Gall. In addition, the academic concerns that made such a vivid backdrop for the human drama of Admission here seem excessively self-referential, as does the endless wrangling about just how inclusive Webster really is. Granted, this is currently a hot topic on real-life campuses, but it needs a more compelling fictional framework. There was a problem adding your email address. Please try again.
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Naomi Roth never set out to be a college president. A gender studies scholar at fictional Webster College, she finds herself placed on the search committee for a new president when she is drafted to successfully handle a campus controversy. She wrote Admission , which was turned into a film starring Tina Fey with considerable change from the novel. And the world of elite college admissions -- Webster is a New England liberal arts college in the Amherst and Williams tradition -- continues to play a role in her work. Roth must steel herself when admissions decisions go out to deal with disappointed parents who have connections to the college. Other women in the dormitory protest.