… twilight of the Great Books …
Office Hours is a tender and passionate love story about — the love Humanities professors hold for the great books of the western tradition just when the core focus (aka “privileging”) of these books is on the way out. It’s also a fine comedy.
We’re in the late 1960’s, and in a flexible, amusing setting of young professors’ offices. The profs are all teaching sections of the required two-semester Western Tradition core course but they’re worried. Rumor has it that this course is to be eliminated. No more core. Good-bye dead white males. The young teachers, concerned individually about their futures, share an overriding concern: for Homer, Aeschylus, Virgil, Dante and Shakespeare.