ACADEMIA NUTS by Charles R. Larson


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The chapter titles tell all in this cutesy-naughty, pale and wan collection: ""Lady Macbeth's Pregnancy""; ""Hester Prynne and the Pill""; ""J. Alfred Prufrock and the Prostitute""; ""Strange Goings on at Walden Pond."" Clara LePage is the connecting link for these published-elsewhere whimsies (Pucred, The CEA Critic)--she's a Business Major who takes Lit courses for the fun of shocking the prof by exposing homosexuals (Beowulf, Henry James, Conrad's Captain Leggatt), syphilitics (everybody in Scarlet Letter, Poe), and shack-ups (Thoreau with a squaw at Walden, Huck Finn with Widow Douglass). Here and there the parodies of pedantic proofs score points, and the ""nasal passages"" in Rime of the Ancient Mariner briefly lift the desk-bound muse into the absurd. But send-ups of the OED, the MLA style sheet, and Cliff's Notes aren't exactly going to bring the house down unless the house is the Junior Faculty Lounge. Brigid Brophy, rest easy.

Pub Date: May 16th, 1977
Publisher: Bobbs-Merrill