Camille Paglia, "An Open Letter to the Students of Harvard," Harvard Crimson
(February 17, 1994), rpt. in her Vamps & Tramps: New Essays
(New York: Vintage Books, 1994), pp. 117-121 (at 120):
The solution is in your hands. You can bring learning back to the
center of the university. You can end the era of gimmicky theory. You
can demand that quality of scholarship, rather than slick wordplay, be
the standard for employment at Harvard. How? First make the library
your teacher. Rediscover the now neglected works of the great scholars
of the last 150 years, who worked blessedly free of the mental pollutants
of poststructuralism. Immerse yourself in the reference collection, and
master chronology and etymology. Refuse to cooperate with the coercive
ersatz humanitarianism that insultingly defines women and African-Americans as victims. Insist on free thought and free speech.
Offensiveness is a democratic right. The university should be organized
around vigorous intellectual inquiry, not therapy or creature comforts.