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University of Stirling drops Jane Austen from English Literature course to ‘decolonise the curriculum’


No pride, lots of prejudice: University of Stirling drops Jane Austen from English Literature course in bid to ‘decolonise the curriculum’

  • University of Stirling replaced Pride and Prejudice author with Toni Morrison
  • The institution pledged to diversify during Black Lives Matter protests
  • Trigger warnings have been added to playlists for “colonialism language”

A college literature class removed Jane Austen to help “decolonize the curriculum” and “contribute to increased diversity” in the curriculum.

The University of Stirling’s English Literature program replaced famed Pride and Prejudice author with award-winning writer Toni Morrison, known for her work on the experiences of African Americans.

The institution is following through on a pledge made during the Black Lives Matter protests in the summer of 2020, with head teacher Gerry McCormac saying the university must “support an anti-racism agenda in higher education”.

The University of Stirling’s English Literature program replaced Jane Austen (pictured), the acclaimed author of Pride and Prejudice, with award-winning writer Toni Morrison, known for her work on the experiences of African Americans

According to The Telegraph, those taking the Special Authors module will also learn about black postmodernism, gothicism and “the aesthetics of the contemporary American and African-American novel”.

New material for the Scottish University’s English Literature course will also feature ‘racial difference and critical race theory’ as well as ‘gender and sexuality’, which are very different themes from Austen’s.

Trigger warnings have also been added to students’ reading lists to raise awareness of the “language of colonialism”.

A warning note on one of the modules in English reads: “Some of the elements of this module include ‘a discussion of colonialism (including colonial violence against men and women), slavery, violence, racism, sexism and issues related to the representation of gender, class, race and mental health”.

The department that runs the English Literature course said the university changed direction every year and did not criticize Austen.

Austen was among many historical figures embroiled in the slavery debate and calls to bring down statues of those linked to it, with the author’s House Museum in Hampshire ‘re-examining its place in the Regency era colonialism.

The writer’s ties to slavery as his father, the Reverend George Austen, was once an administrator of a sugar cane plantation in Antigua.

Others included Winston Churchill and Charles Dickens, whose museum was targeted by a man inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement.

Ian Driver scribbled ‘Dickens Racist, Dickens Racist’ outside the Dickens House Museum in Broadstairs, Kent, and attempted to black out the lettering on a road sign indicating Dickens Road nearby.

University of Stirling drops Jane Austen from English Literature course to ‘decolonise the curriculum’

New material for the Scottish University’s English Literature course will also feature “racial difference and critical race theory” as well as “gender and sexuality”, which are very different themes from Austen’s (University of Stirling in the photo)

The carer wore a denim jacket and cream shorts as he took to the streets in the dead of night on Saturday to campaign against what he claims is ‘institutionalised racism’ in the seaside town.

The Black Lives Matter protester who claims to have ‘tagged’ the statue of Winston Churchill said he did it because he thought Britain’s greatest prime minister was a ‘confirmed racist’ who cared more about colonialism only blacks.

The masked young man, wanted by the Metropolitan Police today for vandalism in Parliament Square, claimed Mr Churchill only fought the Nazis to protect the empire – not for ‘people of colour’.

Yesterday, using black spray paint, he daubed the phrase ‘was a racist’ under the wartime leader’s name, leaving the monument to read: ‘Churchill was a racist’. A “f*** your diary” was also added on the stone.

Sir Winston Churchill’s legacy was also scrutinized at the end of 2020 by the Imperial War Museum as bosses considered his views on ‘sensitive matters’ in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Internal documents reveal that discussions took place at the museum which houses the Churchill War Rooms.

Museum bosses have called for a review of the wartime leader’s views after his statue in Parliament Square, London, was defaced with the word ‘racist’ carved into it.

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