Tuesday, April 10, 2018


They Want Sophocles and Shakespeare

Camille Paglia, quoted in Lucy Hodges, "Madam speaker," Times Higher Education Supplement (March 3, 1995):
When we hear all this nonsense about how we should be teaching poor students about the peasants of Guatemala in Marxist rhetoric, I say, excuse me, the factory workers I have had contact with, black and white, they don't want to read about the peasants of Guatemala. They want Sophocles and Shakespeare. That's why they're taking the damn course, OK? They want to learn about art. It's the height of condescension to teach ghetto sensibility to people who are trying to escape the ghetto.

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