Sunday, January 7, 2007

Literature vs. Academics

This via the indispensable Arts & Letters Daily: "We love stories. But for more than 30 years, people who teach Literary Theory in universities have been denying that love, or trying to kill it dead..." A polemical article entitled "Getting it all Wrong" on what the Hell it is we are doing here.
We love stories, and we will continue to love them. But for more than 30 years, as Theory has established itself as “the new hegemony in literary studies” (to echo the title of Tony Hilfer’s cogent critique), university literature departments in the English-speaking world have often done their best to stifle this thoroughly human emotion.

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