Anyone who teaches &/or loves literature or who teach other subjects, even – this essay is worth a read. (and may be of particular interest to those with whom I shared Stanley Fish’s piece on composition; Fish comments on the ‘canon wars’).
I wrote and spoke in support of some of Bloom’s ideas 20 years ago at my undergraduate school and got ripped up for it (so ended any academia utopia notions and aspirations for me), so I really enjoyed this evaluation 20 years later.
“But many young professors aren’t interested in teaching outside their narrow specialties, nor are they generally prepared to do so.” And though I don't always like Philip Roth, I often admire his writing, and boy did I agree with his character's analysis and dismay!
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