Literature and poetry are deep, and of obvious lasting importance. Perhaps the current platform upon which great works are read in our universities is lacking…but I also wonder what the direct comparison of literature with the natural laws hopes to achieve?
An ancient debate.
See Also On This Site: Hasn’t the study of literature already modeled itself on the natural sciences? How To Study Literature: M.H. Abrams In The Chronicle Of Higher Ed
What should a liberal education consist of anyways?:
From The Harvard Educational Review-A Review Of Martha Nussbaum’s ‘Cultivating Humanity: A Classical Defense of Reform in Liberal Education.’ Stanley Fish At The NY Times Blog: ‘The Last Professors: The Corporate Professors And The Fate Of The Humanities’ A Few Thoughts On Allan Bloom–The Nietzsche Connection
An example of where I think the NY Times went wrong: mixing race, current events, politics and literature in the same shallow pan. Please let works of art be deeper than that: From The NY Times: A Brief Interview On Toni Morrison’s New Novel.