The Shakespeare Requirement by Julie Schumacher

The Shakespeare Requirement

The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune keep hitting beleaguered English professor Jason Fitger right between the eyes in this hilarious and eagerly awaited sequel to the cult classic of anhedonic academe, the Thurber Prize-winning Dear Committee Members. Once more into the breach...Now is the fall of his discontent, as Jason Fitger, newly appointed chair of the English Department of Payne University, takes aim against a sea of troubles, pers...

Details The Shakespeare Requirement

TitleThe Shakespeare Requirement
Release DateAug 14th, 2018
PublisherDoubleday Books
GenreFiction, Humor, Novels

Reviews The Shakespeare Requirement

  • Larry H
    Jason Fitger, the beleaguered English professor who was the protagonist of Julie Schumacher's very funny Dear Committee Members , takes us on a return trip to Payne University in Schumacher's new book, The Shakespeare Requirement . Fitger, pompous and irascible as ever, finds himself elected chair of the English department, and he has no idea of the chaos and aggravation that awaits him.As if having to work on substandard equipment and in squal...
  • Angela M
    I was looking through my books read shelf for a funny book to recommend to a Goodreads friend and I realized that I haven’t read very many funny books. Having enjoyed Dear Committee Members by this author, I thought this sequel to Jason Fitger’s trials and tribulations as a college professor would provide me with a few laughs and it did . Fitger is now chair of the English departmental at Payne University and is faced with a number of challen...
  • Carol
    I’m old enough to remember that the biggest parlor game of the 1970s and 1980s amongst US readers was to bicker over whether the latest Stephen King movie did justice to the book from which it was adapted. Everyone had read each subject book before viewing the corollary movie. You can imagine that no one ever liked the movie better. But, more than that, the conversation criticizing the applicable movie could go on for, literally, hours as each ...
  • Amanda
    How magnificent.
  • Susan
    Julie Schumacher who wrote the hilarious Dear Committee members is back in the Academic snake pit with The Shakespeare Requirement."The Shakespeare Requirement" details Jason Fitger’s, struggles to get a dozen English Faculty to agree on a draft of the “Statement of Vision” for the college. His efforts are thwarted at every turn and most by the senior Shakespeare scholar who believes all English majores should be required to take a Shakespe...
  • Andrew
    I was surprised at certain choices for this sequel. I think the most obvious is the format: this is not an epistolary novel like its predecessor, Dear Committee Members. I think that makes it less unique, and perhaps less memorable, because of the shift in subtext and character perspective. It does, however, I think, make this novel on the whole more humanistic (by that, I mean more reflective of real human people). I like it more than not, and w...
  • Lorri Steinbacher
    The Shakespeare Requirement does what a comic novel should do. It skewers its subject-- academia--in all the right places. The atmosphere and personalities are exaggerated, but only enough to bring the ridiculous into relief. It's over the top, but just, and you relate. Fitger is an impossible character to like and yet through your exasperation with literally everything he does or tries to do you find yourself rooting for him. Fun. Made me rememb...
  • Vickie
    The Shakespeare Requirement is an entertaining, satirical read that takes on the state of affairs in today’s academia. Some of the plights and characters of the struggling to survive Humanities are so agonizingly real, it makes you want to cry; others are a bit over the top. There is a sub plot involving a naive freshman student that seems as if it belongs in another book and belabors the story. Otherwise, it is engaging and in some ways all to...
  • Jeanne
    Although this moves very slowly the characters entrenched in how they see importance of what is pase in education rings true—as does the politics. Just yesterday I read a university wants to do away with the English major. At a time a generation isn’t being taught penmanship, spelling, or extended vocabulary we may end up with a society who uses emojis to communicate ideas.
  • Molly
    The Shakespeare Requirement is just as delightful a send-up of academic culture as Julie Schumacher's previous book, Dear Committee Members. Jason Fitger, reluctant chair of the English department, finds himself faced with a dilapidated building, a new and terrible online scheduling system, and a bizarrely adversarial Economics department that is working to push the English department off-campus altogether. The plot is a bit thin, but the charact...
  • Rhonda Lomazow
    Set in Academia so so funny but like the best humor hits sharply on issues in the world of education today.Highly recommend.Thanks#netgalley #Doubleday books.