REVIEW: The Shakespeare Requirement by Julie Schumacher

Julie Schumacher brings back Jason Fitger, the hapless academic hero of Dear Committee Members. Now Fitger finds himself chair of an English department under siege from the forces of evil, embodied by a predatory Department of Economics. This novel isn’t quite as fall-off-the-couch funny as the first, but still a most entertaining read, and very attuned to the practical challenges of teaching literature in the 21st century. For example, a couple of students registered in Fitger’s Literature of the Apocalypse class threaten a lawsuit because the depressing reading list was “detrimental to their mental health.”

– JoAnn