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    Mary Angela DouglasMar 5, 2020 at 12:42 pm

    In all of human literary history the theory of the irrelevance of so called dead white male literature is the most absurd, shortsighted and totally tone deaf assessment possible.

    Whether you like it or not all that literature has incredible resonance, beauty and variety. The soul of it is imperishable. Get over envy rage cultural annihilation urges and whatever it is and you will have realms of gold at your feet.

    Or you can just continue to rage in your playpens. The Cannon can expand for sure. But to say it doesnt exist at all is to value petulance above all other things.

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    don gufstesonMay 11, 2018 at 8:16 am

    dnag boi u sux

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    Denise Boehm, Class of 1987Apr 23, 2018 at 1:39 pm

    Hi Carl,
    Pleasure to read your comments. Plus, I got Shakespeare and the Greeks in high school. It seemed pretty prescibed, including memorizing a couple of pages of a Shakespeare soliloquy. In college as a French major, I read and wrote about French writers and philosophers. That made philosophy and art history so much more complete, which could be true with a background in any second language. I suppose if one somehow missed Shakespeare in high school, one could do a major or minor in English and bone up on it?

    Latino American and Chinese literature would seem to be really well-rounding if you had a strong English base coming out of high school. Canadian literature, too. So much we should learn about ourselves and others. I must say that for me, Jean-Paul Sartre’s “Huis Clos” and Samuel Beckett’s “En attendant Godot,” were particularly eye-opening, no pun intented, and exciting to read and write about in French. I felt my education had come full circle that last year, and that I finally got what I had come there to do. I left Trinity eager to learn more about everything, perhaps except calculus, but the history of mathematics is fascinating, too. T

    My references are dead white guys, too, so I don’t think I’ve helped in that way. Simone de Beauvoir, anyone? Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Tayari Jones, Ta-Nehisi Coates. Gabriel Garcia Marques.

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