What is your favorite “classic” literary period and why?Wow, that is a really tricky question for me to answer. I like all sorts of things. I was thinking about this earlier this morning, and remembered that in college, I always had a hard time concentrating on one thing to the exclusion of other things. I was a literature major, but whatever courses I took, by the end of the semester I was completely sick of whatever it was we were studying. From Shakespeare to European literature in the 1930s, it was all interesting for about 14 weeks and then I got tired. All my friends and professors wanted to specialize in something: Gothic literature, Milton, Russian literature of the 19th century, whatever, but I could never settle on a specialty. I would happily study nearly any subject or time period, though, as long as I didn't have to do it exclusively.
|Everything is better in the stacks.|
I am a butterfly: I flit and sip.* I am really good at knowing something about a whole lot of things, but I'm not much good at knowing everything about any one thing. Which pretty much explains why I am a librarian. Well, that and the part where I like going on treasure hunts to find things out.
This turns out to be how I approach classical homeschooling, too. Lots of classical educators raise the cry of multum non multa--that is, much, not many. One should read a few things deeply rather than a lot of things not so deeply. The things one should read deeply are usually Plato and Thomas Aquinas and so on, preferably in the original. I have never managed to find this appealing. I like Susan Wise Bauer's broad approach much better. Because I am a flitting sipper.
*Stolen from P. G. Wodehouse's Joy in the Morning.