Wednesday, March 01, 2006

"The humanities have destroyed themselves..."

"The humanities have destroyed themselves over the past 30 years…Through an obsession with European jargon and a shallow politicization of discourse, the humanities have imploded…There’s hardly a campus you can name where the most exciting things that are happening on campus are coming from the humanities departments…I think the entire profession is in withdrawal at the moment. This is a national problem. It’s not just a Harvard problem."

So says Camille Paglia in an interview (1) with Open Source radio last night, following on from the recent Harvard discussion. She has for some considerable time been a strong critic of the influence of Derrida and Foucault on American academe.


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