Thomas Benton on the final results of teaching his English Literature theory course. He found that the pomo theory had simply rolled off the back of their inherent and ingrained romanticism…

“In a course I taught last spring, after three months of tracing the development of literary theory from humanism to structuralism to poststructuralism to the dilemmas of the present, I finally asked my students the question: “So, why do you want to study literature, knowing what you now know?” … [the] answers defied everything they had been taught in my theory seminar … none of my students mentioned a commitment to social justice or to some specific political ideology as a motive … They will probably go [on to graduate school] for the wrong reasons: to continue their experience as undergraduates. They are romantics who must suddenly become realpolitikers. Maybe that’s why most drop out before they complete their doctorates.”