|Roger Shattuck (1923-2005) was Professor Emeritus of Modern and Foreign Languages and Literature at Boston University. Shattuck was the author of Forbidden Knowledge: From Prometheus to Pornography, Candor and Perversion: Literature, Education, and the Arts, and Proust's Way: A Field Guide to "In Search of Lost Time".|
In December of last year, the literary scholar Roger Shattuck died at the age of 82. Shattuck was best known for his first book, written in 1958, The Banquet Years: The Origins of the Avant-Garde in France, 1885 to World War I. I first read this book in 1989, when I was working on All God's Children and Blue Suede Shoes: Christians and Popular Culture. Shattuck helped me see that many of the characteristic attitudes and sensibilities of popular culture were shared with the much more recondite work of epoch-defining artists of the 20th century, such as Henri Rousseau, Alfred Jarry, Erik Satie, and Guillaume Apollinaire. . . .
In honor and memory of Roger Shattuck's intellectual brilliance and moral seriousness, MARS HILL AUDIO is making available the two parts of his 1996 interview with Ken Myers which appeared on volume 24 of the TAPES as a free downloadable mp3 file. It may be obtained by clicking HERE. [Posted January 2006, KAM]
| ||Roger Shattuck, on how we've lost the ability to recognize the fact that some knowledge is bad for us (MARS HILL AUDIO Journal, Nov./Dec. 1996) MHT-24.1.4|