Le 11 janvier 2014, j’écris à Ann Downer, qui me réponds dans la journée au sujet de la citation de Gide qui accompagne son profil sur le site de l’université de Washington : « Education is freedom ».
So, though I’ve never thought about your questions before, I do think literature can be part of a social movement. It enhances imagination, exposes people to what is possible, motivates, explains, questions. I think literature is greatly neglected in education now, making the experience of education more one dimensional without it. Literature is highly valuable in public health and health, yes, but you seldom see its inclusion. I used to teach a class called AIDS and the Arts, using poetry, movies, art, etc. to show the various dimensions of the AIDS experience. This was before antiretroviral drugs came on the market, and death was a common theme associated with it. Though people liked the class, I didn’t teach it beyond two years. Most of the healthcare workers who took it had little time to consider things from these various and valuable points of view when the study of medicine and nurse was so demanding of their time. Even my public health students had trouble choosing the class in competition with requirements.
Anyway, I’m sorry I don’t know more about Gide, but I will take the time to learn now that you’ve written to me. And thanks for asking my opinion. A very pleasing surprise. My best regards to you. Ann »