Why Read the Classics? Four writers of poetry, fiction, literary essays and criticism discussed the question “Why read the classics?” The panelists explored issues related to… read more

Why Read the Classics? Four writers of poetry, fiction, literary essays and criticism discussed the question “Why read the classics?” The panelists explored issues related to the classics, including: the various connotations of the term 'classic'; the process by which a book comes to be considered a classic; the possibility of having classics in a culture resistant to the idea of authority; and the prospects for continued reading the “Great Books” of the Western intellectual tradition. Following the discussion, the panelists took questions from the audience. close

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Why Read the Classics?

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Program ID:
155700-1
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Public Affairs Event
Format:
Speech
Location:
New York, New York, United States
First Aired:
Apr 02, 2000 | 9:47am EDT | C-SPAN 2
Last Aired:
Jul 22, 2000 | 5:47pm EDT | C-SPAN 2

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  • Apr 02, 2000 | 9:47am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Apr 02, 2000 | 3:51pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Apr 03, 2000 | 6:16am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Jul 22, 2000 | 5:47pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
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