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Patrick Mccarthy <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 13 Mar 2002 09:15:42 -0800
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Date: Wed, 13 Mar 2002 04:25:14 EST
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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