EBOOK NEW Changing Places Ò David Lodge


  • Paperback
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  • Changing Places
  • David Lodge
  • English
  • 23 February 2020
  • 9780140170986

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Changing Places characters Æ 100 S an amusing and accurate send up David Lodge portraying two American and British professors who. Is humour a fragile or robust artform A discussion took place here and one could not hope for a apt example of the issues involved than this book Paul kicked it off with the comment that Comedy may be one of the frailer arts because it depends so much on the immediate cultural situation Some of the best comedy does indeed depend on the immediate situation around it and its life span is sadly short as a conseuence Culturally referenced comedy less so than political which is breathtaking in its immediacy here today gone tomorrow but still fashion dependent culture of the moment certainly will suffer the same fateHere we have a book a comedy firmly locked into its period of approximately 1970 The humour resulting from that is the shakiest part of the book Incipient women s lib ban the bomb hippies the emergent sexual revolution I m guessing if you didn t live through it or were close enough for it to be in the ethos still this would not be particularly amusing At the same time we have the central theme of the book which is academia how it functions and behaves and this is really awfully funny And so far it remains timeless Yes I do want to say that Right now I d say it is timeless but surely I mean really surely it can t remain so Because the implication that nothing has changed over the last forty years in terms of the inadeuacies of academia on which the humour is based is well a bit shocking really These days I d say we would be pretty embarrassed by the very term women s lib we wish our parents hadn t been hippies marijuana is not exactly flavour of the month and if we talk about uni students having sex we would not dare say with the opposite sex It goes without saying that a uni student might have sex with or less anything Animal vegetable mineral I imagine The presumptuousness of the opposite sex would be humourlessly politically incorrectAnd yet when Lodge speaks of academia it is a frozen world in which nothing has changed Indeed even though it is set in that period where something that might have seemed momentous was happening students insisting on being part of the system not merely the object of it it still has not aged one bit I wonder if the students realise how becoming part of the system has not changed it in the least So much as I spent this book giggling and chuckling and snorting with laughter at the same time it niggled me to think that the things he sends up so obviously in need of reform have not changed one tiny bit I m astonished by academia s capacity to protect itself from outside interference and judgement Astonished that it doesn t see as the self regulatory community it evidently is that things should change Or perhaps sees but does nothing is like itWell maybe one thing has changed in that world Part of the outmoded humour is based on sex and the involvements real and hoped for and fantasised about by academics lusting after students However much this is still in their hearts maybe it is not these days talked about so often or proferred as a source of humour Yes I m only guessing but the ugly threat of sexual harrassment although offputting I expect to the school teacher must also be an issue for the academicIn Australia one has only to think of the money reaped by Helen Garner for The First StoneThe First Stone is at once an account of one of Australia s most explosive sexual harassment cases and an investigation into the soul of sexual politics To provide the framework for her inuiry Helen Garner takes the very public case of a University of Melbourne college master accused of sexual harassment by two of his students After reading about the charge in the newspaper Garner a longtime feminist impulsively wrote a letter of support to the accused man The letter was made public and in the wake of much criticism over her support of the man Garner set out to explore the women s claims Along the way she uncovers issues that challenge her notions of feminism political activism gender relations and power dynamics With a journalist s eye for detail Garner leads the reader into a riveting examination of the nature of sex and power in contemporary society really do like a no holds barred approach to humour and yet there are things that somehow seem to be humorous in one period and repugnant in another I go to a lot of old musicals 1940s and 1950s A routine part of the humour is violence against women jokes about it not the act itself I can only suppose that what made it funny once was that we didn t believe in it whereas now that we know it really exists it is not possible to find it funny I m not uite suggesting this pertains to Lodge but I do wonder if what further decades will do to the legitimacy of his humour here and thereWell one thing we do know His wonderful observations about the academic world will not have changed in their impact whatever else might and since it is the important part of his work surely it will continue to be timelessIt makes me think of the Rumpole books My gut feeling is that they will never date and when one asks why that is the answer is just the same The legal system is even able to protect itself from change than academia It doesn t change and therefore the humour does not lose its punch Think of the cutting observations of the processes of the law Dickens makes in Bleak House and how completely pertinent they seem today We find them amusing because everything is still as it always was Thus with the law and thus it would so appear with academia I wonder what the historical antecedent to Lodge s books areOr and this just comes to me maybe academia did change and Lodge documented it Maybe in some dim dark past it was a community of idealistic scholars on a search for the truth Is that possible Ohstop laughing would you

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Changing Places characters Æ 100 Replace one another at their respective institutions gives greed pettiness and pretense full re. One of the advantages of a reading group is that you are forced really much too harsh a word to read books you ve always meant to and that many people have recommended but that you ve just never gotten around to Such was the case with David Lodge s Changing Places What a delight This is one of the funniest books I have read in a long time It chronicles the events in the lives of two professors Philip Swallow of Rummidge College in England and Morris Zapp professor of English at Euphoric State University the Jane Austen expert whose ambition it is to write the definitive work in multiple volumes summarizing all that has been and could be said or written about Jane Austen They are participating in an exchange program Morris discovers after wondering what the odds are that he could be the only male on a planeload of women flying to England that it is a special charter flight for pregnant women on their way to England for abortions He then has the misfortune to wander into a striptease club and to discover he is the only one there where the artiste is Mary Makepeace his seatmate from the plane who decided not to go throughwith the abortion Of course she recognizes him and it s all downhill from therePhillip meanwhile grants special permission to a student to enter his class late only to have the student lead the entire class out on strike it takes place during the sixties no offense intended Lodge makes constant spirited fun of all the academic stereotypes One of many favorite scenes takes place in Zapp s lodging house where the young daughter of his landlord has gotten ahold of Zapp s Playboy Zapp of course would like it back but Shea his landlord retorts he has destroyed the magazine The skeptical Zapp didn t believe him Inside thirty minutes he would be holed up somewhere jerking himself off and drooling over the Playboy pix Not the girls of course but the full colour ads for whiskey and hi fi euipment

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Changing Places characters Æ 100 Anyone intrigued by differences between American and British academic institutions will find thi. To everyone who was telling me I should read this you were right you were right you were so so right One of my favorite books is Kingsley Amis Lucky Jim so of course I would love Lodge s academic comedy especially since it comes with the bonus of being set in Birmingham and Berkeley They re not called Birmingham and Berkeley of course but if you have any familiarity with either locale it becomes even amusing to decode the various place names ie Silver Span Cable Avenue etc Further the way Lodge plays with format epistolary newspaper clippings film script is both fun and effective and there s a delightful amount of meta humor In short I enjoyed this immensely


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    EBOOK NEW Changing Places Ò David Lodge Is humour a fragile or robust artform? A discussion took place here and one could not hope for a apt example of the issues involved than this book Paul kicked it off with the comment that ‘Comedy may be one of the frailer arts because it depends so much on the immediate cultural situation’ Some of the best comedy does indeed d

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    EBOOK NEW Changing Places Ò David Lodge Incredibly amusing alert witty but unpretentious at the same time though being part of a campus novel trilogy someone might expect a lot of academia breathing through its pages The plot is uite obvious due to the title Philip British and Morris American are supposed to exchange places as English Literature professors for 6

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