Phillip W. Magness

U.S. Economic & Political History

Freshmen “common reading assignments” and the neglect of subjective literary taste

| August 27, 2015

Today’s Washington Post has an interesting article in which an incoming freshman at Duke University explains why he is refusing to read the graphic novel “Fun Home” by Alison Bechdel. The “Fun Home” assignment is Duke’s version of an increasingly common practice at universities wherein all incoming first year students are given a common book assignment […]