Updated: Jan 13, 2019
And I want, to say that Wilson who died over thirty years ago began his career before modern lit(erature) was taught and analyzed in the universities. As he said, at one time, and I think of piece about Christian Goth, (I call him Gothism), my father and his generation at Princeton a year or two after Wilson called him. When Wilson was studying there, that, the latest daring writers to get into the curriculum were wits of the 90s, and maybe, Goth had his reputation as a Bohemian romantic because he had known Oscar Wilde in Paris, but there was no modern lit(erature). Wilson came then from a different world, and he became the focal point of a broad mainstream American culture, and for that modern literature, and wanted modern literature to be able to be read and appreciated by ordinary people. They were not modernists in an abstract sense, and certainly some of them like…(人名/文学流派) were too difficult for some of their writings to be read by ordinary people. But this was a world before the division between the ‘brows’, or between the lit or whatever, had established itself as part of our consciousness. Wilson was a major player in the successful effort of his generation to establish at the heart of American life and innovative literature that would equal the great cultures of Europe. And he knew that the great cultures of Europe were there. He was not a product of a narrow American studies, kind of training at all.
Modern literature 现代文学
Taught and analyzed 教授并分析
One’s generation 某人的这一代
Get into the curriculum 参加课程
Wits of the 90s 90年代的精英、智者
Bohemian romantic 波西米亚浪漫派
Oscar Wilde 奥斯卡王尔德
The focal point 焦点
Mainstream American culture 美国主流文化
Appreciated by ordinary people 被普通人所赏识
In an abstract sense 从抽象的角度来说
Division between 分类，分工
Major player 主要贡献人
A product of ……的产物
The speaker talked about Wilson and his relationship between the modern literature in America.
Wilson was studying at Princeton, where all the wits of the 90s were in the same curriculum. He has a reputation as a Bohemian romantic because of his relationship with Oscar Wilde when there wasn’t modern literature.
Wilson came from a different world and he became the focal point of mainstream American culture, he wanted modern literature to be read and appreciated by ordinary people.
Despite the division between different types of literature, Wilson succeeded at establishing modern literature at the heart of American life and innovative literature with the great cultures from Europe. He was not a product of narrow American studies.
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