5 Satirical Books About Academia

5 Satirical Books About Academia

Students, faculty, and alumni of colleges and universities (or any school, for that matter) will enjoy these 5 satirical books about academia. These send-ups and satires of academic life deserve to sit at the head of the class.

1. Changing Places by David Lodge

“Changing Places is a hilarious send-up of academic life, intellectual fashion, sex, and marriage by a writer Anthony Burgess has called ‘one of the best novelists of his generation.'”

2. Moo by Jane Smiley

“In this darkly satirical send-up of academia and the Midwest, we are introduced to Moo University, a distinguished institution devoted to the study of agriculture.”

3. Nevergreen by Andrew Pessin

“A smart, fast, funny, and incisive portrait of today’s liberal arts college scene, cancel culture—and more.”

4. The Lecturer’s Tale by James Hynes

“A pitch-perfect blend of satire and horror, The Lecturer’s Tale paints a gruesomely clever portrait of life in academia.”

5. Campusland by Scott Johnston

“Joyous, fast and funny, Scott Johnston’s Campusland is a satiric howl at today’s elite educational institutions―from safe spaces to tribal infighting to the sheer sanctimony. A wickedly delightful novel that may remind you of Tom Wolfe and David Lodge.”

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