The Politically Incorrect Guide to English and American Literature

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The Politically Incorrect Guide to English and American Literature
Author Elizabeth Kantor
Series The Politically Incorrect Guide
Publisher Regnery Publishing
Publication date
November 2006
Media type Hardback & Paperback
Pages 288
ISBN 1-59698-011-7

The Politically Incorrect Guide to English and American Literature is the sixth book in Regnery Publishing's Politically Incorrect Guide series, published in December 2006.

The book argues that the study of literature in universities today is distorted by theories - developed in the 1960s at Yale[1] and expanding through the 1970s and 1980s - that are aimed at attacking western civilization and Christianity for their alleged racism and sexism.[2] This critical theory is believed by Kantor to have caused professors to replace the well-established literary canon with politically correct literature such as Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, Toni Morrison and Dan Brown, or with theories such as Marxism and Freudianism.[3]

The main body of The Politically Incorrect Guide to English and American Literature, however, is focused upon an overview of the classic canon of English literature extending from Beowulf to Evelyn Waugh. There is another chapter after this discussing American literature from Nathaniel Hawthorne to Flannery O'Connor. Each chapter has:

  1. a list of literature the author says serious students "must not miss"
  2. boxed tests discussing "What PC professors don't want you to learn from..." (various authors)

Along with these are a list of important themes to the classic canon of English literature, together with explanations why politically correct literature professors do not want their students to learn. In the opinion of Kantor, these politically correct professors want to make sure students learn to despise western civilization and Christianity[4] so that they are unable to reconsider the positions they acquire on classic literature after finishing their courses. Kantor believes that this is likely to help accelerate the decline of western civilization and its replacement with a very different culture which she believes will be much worse for everybody.[4]

Criticism and public response[edit]

Unlike the Guides to American History, Islam, Darwinism, and Global Warming, The Politically Incorrect Guide to English and American Literature never made the New York Times Best Seller list.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Three Cheers for the Patriarchy
  2. ^ Friday Interview: Importance of Literature
  3. ^ See Kantor, Elizabeth; The Politically Incorrect Guide to English and American Literature; p. 189-198.
  4. ^ a b Unlearning Literature