Coming of Age in Our Curriculum

The film High Fidelity opens with a close-up of a very melancholy Rob Gordon who poses the question, “What came first, the music or the misery?[…] Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to pop music?” A similar question could easily be asked of scholars of English. I have been asked the question several times each year since I first began teaching: “Why do we read such sad stories…