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Patrick Mccarthy <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 14 Mar 2002 09:56:05 -0800
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Date: Wed, 13 Mar 2002 22:02:11 -0800
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Subject: Re: #2 When Did Literature Professors Stop Knowing Dickens?

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Anent ignorance ---

a prof I know once gave a rousing lecture, in a film class, on the willing suspension of disbelief,
mentioning Wordsworth and Coleridge in passing.  A senior creative writing major, sensing that something
important had been said but not quite being able to put her finger on it, came up to him after class and
asked, who's this Wordsworth guy?

How many students graduate college, or grad school, with a solid grounding in the canon anymore?  Yes,
expand it, amend it, rethink it, but hey, still teach it.  Or so say I.

Kate Carnell Watt

                                               Kate Carnell Watt

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>From: Patrick Mccarthy
>Reply-To: Charles Dickens Forum
>To: [log in to unmask]
>Subject: #2 When Did Literature Professors Stop Knowing Dickens?
>Date: Wed, 13 Mar 2002 09:15:42 -0800
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>Date: Wed, 13 Mar 2002 04:25:14 EST
>From: [log in to unmask]
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>Subject: Re: When Did Literature Professors Stop Knowing Dickens?
>The chief objection to postmodern literary theory is its flimsy intellectual
>foundations, but its effects are worth grumbling about too. Surely at least
>a partial answer to Joseph Bottum's question is, "When they stopped thinking
>about poems, plays and novels, and started thinking instead about theories of
>literature." A keen and clever English major recently asked me, "Who is
>Thackeray?" I hope I was informative, kind and supportive in my response,
>but my thoughts about some of the people who must have been teaching her were
>David Parker

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