Wednesday, November 21, 2001

Other WoesI've been wondering lately what multiculturalism was. I remember, of course, that it was a cause c�l�bre of the 80's and 90's, a big deal on campus, a hot ticket at the Modern Language Association. I remember all the talk about overthrowing the ''dead white males'' of the old canon and opening it up to the ''subaltern'' and the ''displaced'' and the ''other.'' And I figure that along the way it got some good writers included on reading lists, where they should have been in the first place, and some good writers dropped too. What it apparently did not do was promote the study of other languages, or indeed of other cultures.

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