Damon Linker at The Week.
"Professors are trained as graduate students to become scholars — and scholarship in our time is defined as an effort to make progress in knowledge. The meaning of progress in the hard sciences is fairly obvious. But what does it mean to make progress in our knowledge of, say, English literature? One possibility is to find obscure, previously neglected authors and make a case for their importance. (This could be described as making progress in knowledge by way of expanding the canon.)(via Elliot Kauffman at National Review)
"Another possibility is to bring new questions to bear on old, classic texts. But where will those new questions come from if not the concerns of the present?"