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by Malcolm Bradbury

  • ISBN: 0436065029
  • Author: Malcolm Bradbury
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  • Rating: 4.1 of 5
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 240
  • Publisher: Martin Secker & Warburg Ltd; 1st Edition edition (November 3, 1975)
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Rereading: It outraged moralists and feminists, but Malcolm Bradbury's The History Man was one of the most influential novels of. .

Rereading: It outraged moralists and feminists, but Malcolm Bradbury's The History Man was one of the most influential novels of the 1970s. David Lodge hails a modern classic. The title of Malcolm Bradbury's third novel, published in 1975, has become a proverbial phrase, invoked in journalistic headlines and echoed by other writers (eg Alan Bennett's The History Boys) without any thematic reference to its source.

Malcolm Bradbury THE HISTORY MAN To Matthew and Dominic Author's Note This fiction is for Beamish, whom, while en route for some conference or other, I last saw at Frankfurt airport, enquiring from desk to desk about his luggage, unhappily not loaded onto the same plane as he. It is a total invention with delusory approximations to historical reality, just as is history itself. Not only does the University of Watermouth, whic.

Find sources: "Malcolm Bradbury" – news · newspapers · books · scholar .

Find sources: "Malcolm Bradbury" – news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR (December 2014) (Learn how and when to remove this template message). State of the Novel in 1973, The History Man in 1975, Who Do You Think You Are? in 1976, Rates of Exchange in 1983 and Cuts: A Very Short Novel in 1987.

The History Man has the reputation of being one of the defining novels of the 1970s, one of the most influential comedies of.

The History Man has the reputation of being one of the defining novels of the 1970s, one of the most influential comedies of the decade etc. It is certainly written in a tone of detached irony but it is rarely actually funny. Although Bradbury is keen to satirise the Kirks at every turn, I found these descriptions of their early lives very traditional and rather moving, as well as shedding interesting light on a particular historical period, as refracted through the prism of these small-town characters. Howard the hypocrite.

With an introduction by James Naughtie. That's your problem-solving system. But haven't we tried all that? Howard Kirk, product of the Swinging Sixties, radical university lecturer, and one half of a very modern marriage, is throwing a party. The night will have all sorts of repercussions: for Henry Beamish, Howard's desperate and easily neglected friend, and for Howard's wife Barbara, promiscuous '70s liberal and exhausted victim of motherhood

About Malcolm Bradbury: Sir Malcolm Stanley Bradbury CBE was an English author and academic

About Malcolm Bradbury: Sir Malcolm Stanley Bradbury CBE was an English author and academic. He is best known to a wider public as a novelist  . He published Possibilities: Essays on the State of the Novel in 1973, The History Man in 1975, Who Do You Think You Are? in 1976, Rates of Exchange in 1983, Cuts: A Very Short Novel in 1987, retiring from academic life in 1995. Malcolm Bradbury became a Commander of the British Empire in 1991 for services to Literature, and was made a Knight Bachelor in the New Year Honours 2000, again for services to Literature.

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Malcolm Bradbury’s The History Man is a vicious satire about academic life, and if you’ve ever been involved in academia in any way, you will probably recognize the particularly despicable main character, Howard. The author, in a foreword, admits that while he invented Howard Kirk He was an entirely familiar figure on every modern campus–if, like me, you happened to teach in once of those bright concrete-and-glass new universities that sprang up over the Sixties in Britain and right across Europe and the USA.

The History Man is a send-up of the conspicuously unconventional, studiously modern social science academic, newly imbued with the fashionably permissive attitudes of the 1960s. Set in the 1970s, The History Man is about life as performance, "self-made actors on the social stage. To the extent that it skewers self-styled radicals who have since fallen out of fashion in academia, it retains its relevance in its skewering of academics who care more about themselves than their students.

1976 reprint, shelf wear to dust jacket, page edges tanned, bookseller's marks. Shipped from the U.K. All orders received before 3pm sent that weekday.
Comments (7)

Vetitc
Extremely well-written, but the story is slight and the satire undeveloped. But the satire that exists is incredibly sharp and funny, and surprisingly still relevant for our times. Not bad for a 40-year-old book poking fun at a very specific social phenomenon.
Arihelm
I love novels that feature the kind of impossibly witty conversation that real people never have -- at least I'm not witty enough to have them and I don't know anyone who is. Maybe only the British have learned the art of witty conversation. Kingsley Amis and Malcolm Bradbury mastered the fictional witty conversation, which is one of the reasons I enjoy reading them.

The History Man is a send-up of the conspicuously unconventional, studiously modern social science academic, newly imbued with the fashionably permissive attitudes of the 1960s. Set in the 1970s, The History Man is about life as performance, "self-made actors on the social stage." To the extent that it skewers self-styled radicals who have since fallen out of fashion in academia, it retains its relevance in its skewering of academics who care more about themselves than their students.

Howard Kirk teaches sociology at a progressive college. His wife Barbara is involved in a variety of activities. The couple is well known and liked, in part because of their spontaneous willingness to open themselves to everyone they encounter (although their spontaneity is carefully stage managed). Having achieved commercial success writing about "new" sex (what's new is that people are having a lot more of it with a greater variety of partners), Howard is enjoying the bourgeois benefits that he denounces.

While condemning all forms of snobbery, Howard indulges in his own. His carefully cultivated image as a "free traveler through life" allows him to condemn colleagues who have put down roots, who are part of the establishment he seeks to destroy (but only if its destruction forms a foundation for his own success). He is also a confrontational rabble-rouser who manipulates others to assure that he can be confrontational without harming his job security. In fact, he bases his opinions not on reason or ideology, but on how much controversy the opinions will generate. Chicly radical in her own way, Barbara avoids employment by leading consciousness-raising sessions, organizing unions, and engaging in whimsical acts of community activism.

Howard and Barbara love to talk, mostly about themselves. For example, when Howard criticizes one of his friends for having gone bourgeois, Barbara smugly reminds him that "they haven't had all our disadvantages." They also love to give parties that celebrate freedom (from "economic timidity, sexual fear, and prescriptive social norms"), although the parties really celebrate Howard and Barbara's ability to give a party that others will appreciate and admire. Some of the novel's best passages consist of characters dissecting each other with scalpels made of wit, peeling away their superficial exteriors to reveal their hollow cores.

Howard's friend Henry is the novel's most likable character. As he ages, he has come to value only "attachment to other knowable people, and the gentleness of relationship." For holding beliefs that are sincere and sentimental, poor Henry is mocked by most of the other characters. Another likable character, Miss Callander, manages to see right through Howard but succumbs to his charm anyway.

The novel's most insightful moment comes when a student whose politics are markedly different from Howard's gives him a polite verbal thrashing. The reader might or might not agree with the student, but he raises a good point about the possibility of a professor's political bias affecting the perception of a student's academic efforts. Howard's response, on the other hand, is petty, vindictive, and narrow-minded -- just like Howard.

Howard wants to make his life interesting, an end he accomplishes by using deceit and guile and provocation and then stepping out of the way so he can enjoy the dramatic consequences before engaging in the academic version of gossip by discussing "interesting" problems with his analytical friends. The question in the reader's mind is whether all of Howard's disagreeable character traits will at some point backfire. I think most readers will root for that, while at the same time enjoying his roguish antics. Enjoying the witty conversations that pepper the novel, though, is the real reason to spend some time with Howard and his friends.

Appended to the Open Road volume is a 1998 essay in which Bradbury discusses the novel and the rise and fall of sociology. Since that was my undergrad major (chosen because it was easy to get good grades without actually attending classes), I enjoyed his remarks.
Wizer
This is a short, punchy campus novel that has not dated even though its themes are specifically relevant to the early 1970s when radical lecturers in the most modish of universities were pushing to keep the flame of late 60’s radicalism alive. Howard Kirk is a recognisable character to anyone familiar with university life in the past few decades – highly intelligent and almost entirely without moral scruple, he uses dialectics to justify the most egregious hypocrisies and misbehaviours. His ruination of a student who wants to deliver his paper in the traditional fashion, dressed in the traditional manner of blazer and tie, is described to perfection. The legacy of the Howard Kirks, the Marxist sociologists, looms large in academic life today and Bradbury’s novel is well worth reading as a penetrating, incisive satire of the roots of this phenomenon.
Lli
I recently re-read The History Man, after first reading it almost 20 years ago. Although it feels a bit dated it reflects the reality of the cultural flux of the times and the political fervor in many academic settings in the early 1970s. Its trenchant satire of academic life at this time makes The History Man one of the best examples of the `campus novel'. Although its constant parody is humorous throughout, it lacks the laugh-out-loud provoking humor of parts of Changing Places by David Lodge or Mary Smetley's recent take on academic politics in Lorenzostein.

Set in the University of Watermouth, a new `glass and steel' campus in the southeast of England, in the early 1970s, the story follows the course of a semester in the life of Dr. Howard Kirk, a young radical lecturer in sociology, and his wife Barbara. The novel is really a critique of modernity and of the socially with-it, manipulative, intolerantly politically correct and personally abusive ethos of his hero/anti-hero, Dr. Howard Kirk.

Although extremely well-written, the dialogue is quite dense and thus The History Man is not a quick or easy read. But, it is very well-worth the effort if you have any interest in the genre of the `campus novel' or a curiosity about the cultural tone in academia in the UK and the US in the early 1970s.

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