Tuesday, January 07, 2014

I Came to Bury Caesar (And Anything Else That Ain't Hip)

“UCLA recently gutted its English department, replacing required courses on Chaucer, Shakespeare and Milton with au courant courses on gender, race, class and other trippy subjects that ease the attainment of graduate degrees without requiring much knowledge of actual literary content. This has been the regrettable direction of the humanities for a generation, and it doesn’t seem to be getting any better.”

That’s how Jack Niewold, one of my favorite and most trusted “watchmen on the wall” begins his latest essay, The Fall of the Humanities and the Rise of the Theorists.

It’s pretty short but it’s plenty good! So, go on over and check it out.