Monday, April 18, 2011

Assigned reading in the universities ...

There is an article on this here. Admittedly I am one of the sour grapes here since I think that great literature has become less and less common as it has become easier for those of mediocre talent to publish. But I should not complain too much. My assigned reading in college was almost entirely technical books.

4 comments:

Delirious said...

I think it's very sad to lose those old classics in college education!
I took one class during my brief attempt to major in English that was titled "literature of the absurd". I was young and naive, and didn't realize what I was getting in to! We read things like Kafka's "Metamorphosis", and even "Alice in Wonderland." But at least it was true literature! :)

M.S.F. said...

My freshman year all honours students were required to take a year long course on globalization where we discussed how McDonalds and country music are taking over the world and watched Michael Moore films. And my freshman English class spent more time discussing politics and writing about our feelings than actually reading works of art. Interestingly enough, the most "true literature" I read was assigned during my semester abroad in England. Essentially: I'm posting this link to facebook now.

Looney said...

Delirious, you jarred my memory there and reminded me of reading Kafka's delightful little work. Probably this was read in my German class, but my brain is a bit fuzzy.

Looney said...

Marian, it is good to hear there are some places in the world that still include such things!