Sunday, July 5, 2015

Gary Saul Morson on English studies

Worth reading: Gary Saul Morson, “Why College Kids Are Avoiding the Study of Literature.” Morson suggests that academics kill interest in three ways: by reducing works to themes and terminology, by judging works in light of our own cultural and moral standards, and by treating works as documents of their times. None of which gives us a reason to read.

I think he’s on the mark.

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[But why kids ? Students , please.]

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