Marc B.

I would like to write on his Facebook feed, where he is ranting about “morally panicked literature professors” —

That’s ridiculous, and actually the reactions to tv when it came in were more subtle and interesting (I notice you don’t mention it). I am tired of having students who can’t read but are only trained to “skim for content” after first reading the list of multiple choice questions at the end. The morally panicked anti-literature English professors seem to be in favor of that (and also of selling infinite numbers of degrees in bad creative writing to people who can’t read).


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  1. This is in response to:

    Finally read that horrid “We humanities profs are the problem” Chronicle essay which with few changes could have been authored in 1985. The pompous reactionary ignorance of the piece is like a missionary tract: “Literature could have saved you, you Philistines. Repent!” It’s an argument for faith healing, not a credible contribution to the history, theory and politics of the profession.

    The only two observations that strike me as valid are 1) the title, albeit for reasons differing widely from the author and 2) that “English majors are [being] replaced by communications [and media studies] majors.” The latter in my view proves the wisdom of undergraduates. They can smell the panic coming from the deserted houses of worship where “English” means primarily the study of a few genres of literature–in a world where the cultural capital of knowing novels and poetry is residual at best. Where English incorporates media and cultural studies, including media production (ie, writing and composing), the departments and their majors thrive.

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