19 August 2015 Lasă un comentariu
How books help us to be better human beings by Jonathan Bate
Before the age of overspecialisation, a Harvard professor such as Charles Eliot Norton (an admirer of the polymath John Ruskin) could move with ease between textual editing of John Donne’s poetry, the linguistic study of Dante’s Divine Comedy, medieval architecture, art history and classical archaeology. He was a professor of the public understanding of the humanities avant la lettre, but he wouldn’t get tenure in today’s academe, where it is necessary for young scholars to prove themselves by way of “original research” on ever narrower themes. The more specialised the object of study, the less accessible – or, for the most part, of interest – it will be to the public.