I have realized that debates about the canon happen and the unpronounceable #disrupttexts movements arise because people are stunningly, painfully, incredibly ignorant.
I just read an argument by somebody who is an English teacher that until 50 years ago there were no novels with female protagonists.
Get this: an English teacher who never heard about Jane Eyre, Emma, Pamela, Anna Karenina, Madame Bovary, and so on and on and on. The European novel was written for an overwhelmingly female readership. It’s kind of really bizarre not to know this.
But wait, there’s more. The same person is arguing that there was no literature in South America until 50 years ago. Basically, there was nothing anywhere until she was born.
The purpose of the “Disrupt Texts” movement is to throw away real literature and teach nothing but inane “young adult” novels written by earnest if dumb SJW authors.
Once again, these are actual teachers who are arguing all this. Actual teachers of English who never noticed any female characters in novels written until the 1970s. Shh, don’t tell them there were actually female authors before that date. Poor darlings will not survive the cognitive dissonance.