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Post-Literacy or Super-Literacy? by Daniel Evans Pritchard

In academia, education, literature, society, technology, writers on July 24, 2012 at 03:25

 

From: Post-Literacy or Super-Literacy?  by Daniel Evans Pritchard, The Quarterly Conversation, http://quarterlyconversation.com

Writing programs form a significant subtext throughout Copula Spiders. The MFA is a booming business, and expert writing advice is not cheaply bought. Tuition at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, where Glover teaches, costs $8,445 per semester, and yet, as he notes, “it is possible to obtain any one of these degrees without writing a publishable sentence, paragraph, story, novel or essay.” Not a ringing endorsement of his employer. Further daring the bounds of professionalism, Glover quotes passages from instructive letters he’s written to students while airing professorial grievances. He may gnash his teeth over the poverty of student writing, but he also revels in his literary superiority—even quoting, analyzing, and commending his own published work.

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