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Creative Writing Professor Katherine Damm Quoted in Esquire

On November 27, Esquire published an article by Kate Dwyer called, “Is the Campus Novel Dead?”

Prof. Damm, who currently teaches a Creative Writing course on campus fiction, had much to say about the genre.

From the piece:

Katherine Damm teaches a course on “campus fiction” at Marymount Manhattan College. Her Gen Z students’ experiences have diverged from the campus novel mostly, she said, due to “bigger-picture financial trends” like anxiety over student loans, the necessity of working multiple jobs while in school, and choosing a major based around future employability. In many campus novels (like Curtis Sittenfeld’s Prep, for example) the protagonist is a scholarship student who is an “isolated atypical figure” in a “place of wealth,” according to Damm, but “with the shrinking middle class and the rising costs of education, it’s actually the norm for students to be navigating financial aid, working part-time jobs, and figuring out loans.”

The article, which can be read on Esquire’s website, continues to examine the divide between campus fiction and campus reality.

Congratulations, Prof. Damm!

Published: December 14, 2023