University Affairs: Why campus novels matter

“Sarah Henstra’s The Red Word won the 2018 Governor-General’s Literary Award for Fiction in English. In its citation, the prize jury declared it “groundbreaking and provocative,” and commended the novel as “an astonishing evisceration of the clichés of sexual politics as they exist not only on our college campuses, but also within broader present-day society.” Beyond the inherent literary goods of the book, that a campus novel won one a top literary prize in the country last year – while at least two others, Maureen Medved’s Black Star and Original Prin, also generated interest and attention – can’t help but be taken as an indicator of the reading public’s interest in what goes on in Canadian [colleges and] universities, and of the literary novel’s singular ability to convey as much in ways both artful and instructive.”

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University Affairs: Why campus novels matter


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