Includes bibliographical references (pages 133-135) and index.
The fifties: Ivory towers -- The sixties: Tribal towers -- The seventies: Glass towers -- The eighties: Feminist towers -- The nineties: Tenured towers -- Into the twenty-first century: Tragic towers.
"In Faculty Towers, Showalter takes a personal look at the ways novels about the academy have charted changes in the university and society since 1950. With her readings of C.P. Snow's idealized world of Cambridge dons or of the globe-trotting antics of David Lodge's Morris Zapp, of the sleuthing Kate Fansler in Amanda Cross's best-selling mystery series or of the recent spate of bitter novels in which narratives of sexual harassment seem to serve as fables of power, anger, and desire, Showalter holds a mirror up to the world she has inhabited over the course of a distinguished and often controversial career."--Jacket.