October 10, 1990
Study of Literature: Alive and Flourishing
To the Editor: The Opinion piece "Radical Literary Criticism May Represent the Last Phases of an Old Order Collapsing" (September 19), by Alvin Kernan, was intentionally generalizing, simplifying, and speculative. While it may be somewhat unfair therefore to accuse him of overgeneralizing or overstating his case, much of the value of such an ambitious analysis lies in the debate it engenders.
Kernan asserts that the "old literature" has died, and we can not yet tell what,