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The Fruited PlainFables for a Postmodern Democracy$
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Alvin Kernan

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780300092905

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300092905.001.0001

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Majoring in Deconstruction

Majoring in Deconstruction

(p.19) Two Majoring in Deconstruction
The Fruited Plain

Alvin Kernan

Yale University Press

This chapter paints a satirical picture of education in the USA through Earle Joad's efforts to obtain a first-rate education. He created a new academic persona by hacking into his high school's database and creating glowing letters of recommendation, which he then sent off to the top universities. He eventually gained entry at a top university on a full scholarship. The chapter also details his college experiences and life after graduation.

Keywords:   Joad family, Earle Joad, college education, university, satire

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