Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Production Line Novelists

Matthew Wright investigates UK Creative Writing courses for Education Guardian. This bit struck me:
Novels by faculty members count as publications towards a department's research exercise. [Philip] Hensher [professor at Exeter] says there "may be some awareness in departments that employing a busy novelist, publishing a book every two years or so, is not going to do their RAE scores any harm."
Well now. Some prolific novelists are great. But not all great novelists are prolific.

Can you see where this could be leading?
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