Saturday, October 1, 2016

Like hell

Re: micro-megalomania: I remember listening to someone propound a vision of undergraduate English study in which a student works toward a narrower and narrower focus, entering the senior year with some limited area of research specialization all worked out. I said in response that I found that vision too narrow, too constricting — too much like Dante’s hell. (I still do.)

As I remember it, my reference to Dante seemed not to register. That perhaps is what happens when things get a little too specialized.

A related post
One Dante simile (Written for my students)

[So much of what I now read and value I never even heard of as an undergraduate.]

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