Letter to the editor

22 November 2010

Dear Editor

Just a large-ish quibble about the front-page headline and photo caption of the current Monday Paper (Vol 29 #17). It's not the humanities that need reinvigorating - on the contrary, they're mostly flourishing - but ignorant and philistine funding agencies. I suspect that Blade Nzimande's attitude is merely a more intelligent and articulate version of 'What contribution does this make to implementing government policy?', which is not likely to be much good for most literary studies, for example. We're used to it, but it does get a bit trying.

John Cartwright
(Former lecturer in English and dean of the Faculty of Arts)

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