Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Thorpe, Peter (1980), Why literature is bad for you, Burnham, Retrieved on 2014-09-01
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    01 SEP 2014

     Consider Eliminating the Humanities

    To stop teaching literature and the other arts on the grounds that they're bad for us would be like refusing to study diseases because they're bad for us. However, maybe there should be a moratorium on requiring those who don't really want to, to take courses in the "humanities." We first have to figure out where we are. Then if we decide that every college student should be exposed to the "humanities," let us also insist that every one of them be exposed to the sciences, social sciences, and...
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    Why must all college students study the humanities, but are given a free pass for the sciences?

    01 SEP 2014

     Literature Asks Questions without Offering Answers

    Even when writers profess to know nothing about the inner man, they often make the profession in a way which suggests that they really know plenty When D. H. Lawrence says (in his essay on Benjamin Franklin) "The soul of man is a dark forest," he says it with a kind of knowing Satanic smirk, so that the profession of ignorance actually becomes a species of knowledge. When I first read that ominous Lawrence sentence I was young and it was news to me that my soul was a dark forest. For several ...
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    01 SEP 2014

     Opinion is Not Necessarily a Good Thing

    We live in a civilization that believes that opinion per se is good. This can be seen in the very derivation of the word, which comes from the Latin opinari, meaning to think. It is a fundamental tenet of our civilization that thinking is good, a noble process which is one of the few things separating us from the base animal world. I too believe that thinking is a noble calling and that it is necessary to have opinions for the sake of the kind of thinking that can lead us to a better world. ...
    Folksonomies: opinion stance position
    Folksonomies: opinion stance position
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    01 SEP 2014

     The Problem of Too Much Information in Literature

    When I am reading Hamlet I often develop an urge to tell people about it, as if the Melancholy Dane's history had heretofore been classified as a top secret. I am bursting with information about Hamlet, so filled am I by the massive "evidence" presented by Shakespeare. So I sit down at my writing table and begin to put together an essay or a lecture in which I seem to extract a thesis out of the evidence in the play. I say "seem" because I think I actually begin with some kind of preconceived...
    Folksonomies: literature humanities
    Folksonomies: literature humanities
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