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05/06/2004

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James

One reason that I don't have a blog is that you are saying the things that I would say!

I agree with your thoughts on Said and Eagleton. I've long been puzzled why "literary" scholars think the field of literature is the best place to have any efficacious impact on politics and social injustice. If your main concern is opposing social injustice, why in the world would you become a literary scholar? I just don't get it.

As far as for your points about teaching and literature via Erin and Tim, you make some good points. I can understand Erin's emphasis on a return to "teaching," but I also actually think this implies a return to "literature" (I know it doesn't *necessarily* imply this, but I think in her case it does). But, ultimately, I agree that reconsiderations and reconnections with both "teaching" and "literature qua literature" are needed if the field is to survive (i.e., not become purely Cultural Studies).

If you haven't already, you should read David Velleman's very intelligent comment on Critical Mass here (scroll down a few comments): http://www.erinoconnor.org/archives/000926.html

It's quite good.

Dan Green

James,

You should start a blog anyway. The more, the merrier. (Or the grumpier?)

Dale Keiger

Cannot literature be taught as art? That is, cannot a literature professor teach greater reading acuity, greater appreciation of the artful application of language, better understanding of the historical and artistic context of specific literary works, better judgment in the evaluation of new work?

My experience of contemporary literature departments, including some of my own colleagues, is that they are populated by many people who don't seem to derive much pleasure from reading. Sad, that.

ouidad berrada

hi. can i know how teachers can teach literature effectively for a large number of students?

thank you

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