Saturday, September 11, 2010

Can ‘Neuro Lit Crit’ Save the Humanities? - Room for Debate Blog - NYTimes.com

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“At a time when university literature departments are confronting painful budget cuts, a moribund job market and pointed scrutiny about the purpose and value of an education in the humanities, the cross-pollination of English and psychology is providing a revitalizing lift,” the article said.
Does this research — “neuro lit” is one of its nicknames — energize literature departments, and, more broadly, generate excitement for the humanities? Is it yet another passing fad in liberal arts education? If the answer is both, why does theory matter, even if we sometimes don’t understand what the scholars are saying?
Can ‘Neuro Lit Crit’ Save the Humanities? - Room for Debate Blog - NYTimes.com
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