- Lodge remarks (or at least alleges) that – in Lucky Jim – the “… devices of humorous literary prose … owe something to the ‘ordinary language’ philosophy that dominated Oxford when Amis was a student there”.
- Lodge notes that – while Jim Dixon is uncertain of his career, and dependent on the patronage of someone he despises, there’s nothing of the academic politics that usually feature in such “campus” novels.
- Lodge also notes that a huge proportion of humanities graduates in the 1940s-50s went into education because the higher liberal professions were controlled by the “public-school-Oxbridge-old-boy network”.
- Lodge has many interesting things to say about the politics of the time, the class system as it impacted those such as Jim Dixon, the ethics of the novel and the soundness of elements of the plot, but I have no time to pursue them now.
- To be continued …?
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