In order to win the undergraduates once more, the humanities have a clear course to follow. They must abandon identity politics, which only produce a tense and humorless classroom. More deeply, they must insist upon the old appeals to genius, greatness, masterpieces, beauty, and sublimity.
Author: Mark Bauerlein (Mark Bauerlein)
A Call to Conservative Donors
If future conservative politicians are to have a conservative tradition in their heads, we need to finance programs that introduce college students to the conservative and liberal traditions through philosophy, history, literature, and art.
Sneering Social Constructionists
Sneering at persons who are not social constructionists has become commonplace. Until defenders of inherent virtues, natural laws, divine beings, and other things that transcend social reality learn to overcome this initial set-up, they will be forever on the defensive.
Culture: The Missing Conservative Tradition
Conservatives need a literary tradition that matches Russell Kirk’s political tradition in The Conservative Mind; Robert Oscar López’s new book is a pioneer in this effort.
Liberalism, Relativism, and the Novel: A Reply to Ramos
How many Solzhenitsyns are occupying the pipelines of novelists in America?
Liberalism Is Bad for Literature
Jeffrey Eugenides shows what happens to the novel when courtship and marriage lose their binding character.
Nathaniel Hawthorne and the Government Worker
The conditions that inspired "The Scarlet Letter" highlight the gap between public employment and civic motives.
Intellectuals and the Masses
Intellectuals have failed to recognize the real character of the Tea Party.