MR. HEMANT MADHUKAR PATIL
NORTH MAHARASHTRA UNIVERSITY
The aim of the paper is to unravel the issues related to professors in John L’Heureux Handmaid of Desire (1996). The novel depicts the intrigue-driven English Department where the professors are divided into intergenerational line. The old professors are in the fifties who love literature and the young professors in the thirties who love theories. The young leader, Zachary Kurtz, schemes to overthrow the English Department and set up the Theory and Discourse Department with the help of visiting theorist and novelist Olga Kominska. However, Olga Kominska has her own plan. She is writing a new satirical academic novel and planning to use the characters from the University as her fictional characters. The professors in the novel approach her for tenure, success, love, children, and power. She cunningly helps them to fulfill their desire, but it turns out to be what they actually deserve.
The researcher analyses the issues like revenge and rivalries in the divided department, tenure, and writer’s block of creative writers, sexual and familial relationships of the professors in the novel.