I’ve made a few changes, and edits to This essay.
On Friday evening, I listened to the end of A Point of View; Will Self pontificating about the pointlessness of theory and its uses in the humanities, and the pointlessness of academic interrogation, culminating in his usual polemic stance, which is anti-humanties.
I used to share a small portion of his concern and self-righteous pomposity, partly; when I first attended university, and began reading theory. I thought, this is too exclusive; why doesn’t the general public have access to all this thought? Why can’t you get these books in your local library? Have you ever heard of Roland Barthes? My guess is that the answer is no, if you have not completed a degree in humanities. I was initially angry because I had been denied access to this wealth of knowledge which, it seemed, was the privilege of the wealthy. All my life I had questioned, first religion, then…
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