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This course is well-named. It presents the works in context, especially in context with each other. I enjoyed it, especially the segments on Jane Austen and Tolkien. The professor is clear, engaging and focused.
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Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
I shouldn't be surprised by now, given how infected the Academy is with the radical chic posturings of post-modernism. Here is a man, of prodigious knowledge, charged with the transmission of our Western cultural memory. And yet he drops, without any hint of critique or self-awareness, the petrie dish of terms which serve to undermine it: "DWEMs, as in Dead White European Males," Greek "sexism", "Eurocentrism," "xenophobia," and "Orientalism." He is so submerged in this decadent mindset that he appears to find these viciously ideological and precisely anti-Western terms as obvious and unproblematic as sunshine. And apparently most of his audience fails even to notice. Well, I did. And I'll pass.
Would you recommend The Western Literary Canon in Context to your friends? Why or why not?
No. See above. It's a shame, because the man knows his stuff. But his PoMo toss offs poisoned it.
What about Professor John M. Bowers’s performance did you like?
His performance was fine, if you edit out the ideology.
Did The Western Literary Canon in Context inspire you to do anything?
Yes, never rent anything from The Great Courses again. Too many of these academics take positions which, when carried through, lead to the de-legitimizing of the very civilization which makes their careers and paychecks possible.
Any additional comments?
How many Chinese or Indian or Islamic academics do you think would engage in this kind of self-invalidating virtue signalling? The West is in deep trouble.
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