Literature as an Intramural Game
reviews "The Cambridge History of the American Novel" and finds it wanting, no, he actually mocks it. This stuff is entirely academic, i.e., the contributors to the volume talk to one another and no one else....human beings who love stories don't talk about "alterity" and "intertextuality," or "heteronormativity." In effect, he explains why English Departments are "intellectual nursing homes where old ideas go to die." Despite this, there are still young people interested in good books, indeed, are even intoxicated by them.
2:14 PM / August 30, 2011