September 20, 2002
Why Are English Departments Still Fighting the Culture Wars?
Everyone has heard about the culture wars that have torn apart university departments of English. But it was still shocking to read a New York Times article a few months ago about how animosity between traditional and theory-oriented professors at Columbia University has decimated its once-great department.
Similar antagonisms have created bedlam in a surprisingly large number of American departments of English. My own feelings about English-department life may be surmised from the
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