The Danger of Progressives’ Inhumanity to the Humanities
Science moves forward; literature doesn’t—and when it tries, the results can be monstrous.
By Paula Marantz Cohen
July 28, 2017
There was a time when both literature and the study of literature came under the delightful rubric belles lettres—beautiful letters. When the phrase was introduced in the 18th century, literature was considered, at its best, beautiful. Devotees tried to emulate that beauty in their response to it.
Modernism was a turning point …