What Will Probably be an Ongoing Series Reporting on the (Premature, Exagerated, and Just Wrong) Reports About the Death of the Humanities and the End of Literature as We Know It With Links

http://bradfest.wordpress.com/2013/07/04/links-in-what-will-probably-be-the-ongoing-series-reporting-on-the-premature-exagerated-and-just-wrong-reports-about-the-death-of-the-humanities-and-the-end-of-literature-as-we-know-it/ Brad Fest examines more articles and reports concerning the debate about the death of the humanities and the end of literature – reports that he concludes are somewhat off-track.  His blog is full of really interesting links, and reiterates the value of humanities in helping us learn how ‘to critically think, to closely read, and to carefully write’. 

The Hyperarchival Parallax

David Brooks’s 20 June 2013 op-ed piece for The New York Times, “The Humanist Vocation,” in which he declares that the humanities are in decline, has sparked a flurry of debate and response. One of these reasons for the flurry of commentary is that the issue is more complicated than Brooks allows for in his quite brief piece (and he’s simply wrong on a few points, see Michael Bérubé below). Another reason for the considerable response is that his discussion of the humanities cuts to the bone for those of us who actually work in the humanities. (Certainly for me, as will be apparent below.)

Brooks’s article accompanied a report released by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences titled The Heart of the Matter, which takes the familiar line of: the humanities have to “retool” to fit the changes presented by our networked, scary world, with its…

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