Sunday, March 15, 2009

Rediscovering Washington Irving

Eric Seddon discusses the great American author, and the "specter of cultural continuity." (Via Andrew Cusack)
Perhaps, at just this moment, we can make the intellectual world safe for the academy’s stock villain: the loathed dead white male. Perhaps we can make the academy safe once again, not so much for democracy but for Longfellow.


Alexandra said...

What a nice article. Thanks for the link. Dead white men figure prominently in our homeschool curriculum. In fact, just tonight I set aside a 1915 Washington Irving book for my son, The Alhambra. I found it over at Google Books using a 1911 children's bibliography. Man, I love Google Books!

I can't wait to read it...I read a lot of my son's books.

elena maria vidal said...

I used to have a "hard copy" of The Alhambra, and it might still be around somewhere. I love Google books, too!