12/12/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Mario Vargas Llosa Says Notion Of Culture Has Withered In Princeton Speech

Mario Vargas Llosa, the winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize in literature and a visiting professor in the Latin American studies and creative writing programs, argued that culture has withered in modern-day society in a speech on Monday evening in Richardson Auditorium.

"In our time ... the notion of culture has extended so much that even though no one would explicitly admit it, it has withered," Vargas Llosa said. "It has become an elusive, multitudinous phantom, because no longer is anyone cultured if ... what we call culture has been depraved so that everyone can justifiably be believed to be so."

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