4/17/17

Who Killed Rilke?

Rilke at home, just before being killed by the academy.

     " ... the hallmark of academic criticism: it kills everything it touches. Walk around a university campus and there is an almost palpable smell of death about the place because hundreds of academics are killing everything they touch. I recently met an academic who said that he taught German literature. I was aghast: to think, this man who had been in universities all his life was teaching Rilke. Rilke! Oh it was too much to bear. You don't teach Rilke, I wanted to say, you kill Rilke!"
     -Geoff Dyer, Out of Sheer Rage.
   

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