Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The Decline of the English Department -the American

"The study of literature will then take on the profile now held, with moderate dignity, by the study of the classics, Greek and Latin."

The Decline of the English Department -the American

I see more good in this than bad. Of late I've realized that the superiority of Greek and Latin culture to the other cultures around them, during their Hellenistic and Pagan Empire historic phases, is not muted by American academia or pop culture. The wealth, through study of these languages and histories, is there, and those who choose to say the uncivilized of the same era were equal or superior; impoverish themselves primarily.

Let's take the basis of postmodernity as a weapon against all who adore inferiority -we are all free to pursue what we want. With that, the intellectually superior can leave others to their own pathetic devices.

1 comment:

Frederick Glaysher said...

I suggest there are other perspectives on the decline of English departments in the following blog reviews:

The American Scholar - Decline of the English Department
Having read The American Scholar for probably over thirty years, I could only feel the most seething contempt for the Autumn 2009 article by William M. Chace, “The Decline of the English Department: How it happened and what could be done to reverse it.”

Saul Bellow. Ravelstein. Allan Bloom.
American English departments have proven themselves unworthy stewards of what is noble in human nature, in the great public.

Frederick Glaysher