In his well-known Campus Trilogy, David Lodge deals with various issues in a gradual progression, starting from the campus world in the first novel Changing Places (1975), moving forward to intercultural relations in the conference novel Small World (1984) and eventually including the topic of the world outside academia in his final campus novel, Nice Work (1988).
This paper focuses on Nice Work and the relationship between academia and economy. The novel is built upon the contrast between university, campus, and academic life on the one hand, and companies, business and factory life on the other hand. The interrelation of these different worlds is unavoidable and the paper compares them and analyzes the manner in which the main female character belonging to the academic world interacts with factory workers as well as with company managers. The novel raises topical issues regarding the future development of academia in the context of the increasingly industrialized contemporary world.