Tuesday, 14 January 2014


Clipfile - January 14, 2014

‘‘The very language of lit[erary] theory is hostile and laden with suspicion of conspiracy.  Plus, so many... critics... are terrible writers and worse logicians.  A beautiful line of poetry makes the heart sing and the mind explode with insight.  The goal of an English department should be to facilitate that transcendent moment.  How sad it is to be a parent sending my children to college and wishing they could hope to experience the ice-breaking joy I felt.  It won’t happen.  Even in high school they are being trained not to love literature but to critique it...’’
-Madaline, commenting at Minding the Campus

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