The philologist Aurora Egido (Molina de Aragón, Guadalajara, 1946) became only the 9th woman to enter the Real Academia Española [Royal Spanish Academy, Wikipedia], the 300-year-old institution of 46 members watching over the Spanish language. Egido is a specialist of the Siglo del Oro [Spanish Golden Age, Wikipedia] and centered her traditional entry lecture on Baltasar Gracián (1601-1658, Wikipedia). In the past she headed the Asociación Internacional de Hispanistas [International Hispanists’ Association, official website].
In a recent telephone interview, Egido said:
“Those err who only look for a practical utility in teaching. There are things that are priceless such as culture; the joy given by literature is profitable in itself. Culture makes us all better in all senses, in the aesthetic and the moral.”