Louise Cowan

Dr. Louise Cowan is a professor of English at the University of Dallas. In 1991, President George Bush bestowed upon Dr. Cowan the nation's highest award for achievement in the humanities, the Charles Frankel Prize. She is co-editor of Invitation to the Classics: A Guide to Books You've Always Wanted to Read.

In the Fall 2001 of The Intercollegiate Review, ISI published an essay by Louise Cowan titled "The Necessity of the Classics." In it Cowan explains that nobility and magnanimity are present in human nature, but are not naturally displayed if one's imagination is left unstirred. The classics, which "preserve the full range of human sensibility," train the imagination and elict "greatness of soul."An audio version of this article is available here.

Additional information about Louise Cowan is available through the web pages of ISI Books.


Volume 34

Guests on Volume 34: Michael Aeschliman, on C. S. Lewis and the problem of scientism; Jeremy Rifkin, on The Biotech Century: Harnessing the Gene And Remaking the World; Jean Bethke Elshtain, on Vaclav Havel, identity politics, and the possibilities of democracy; Katherine Shaw Spaht, on the purposes of covenant marriage laws; Steven L. Nock, on why married couples divorce; Louise Cowan, on how classics address our imagination; Ramsey MacMullen, on the rise of Christendom; and Ted Libbey, on the music of Hildegard von Bingen.