Stirling University Cancels Jane Austen

Stirling University Cancels Jane Austen

From the YouTube Platform…

I never thought the Scots would fall for any of this lunacy…

Comments (19)

  • RCAVictor

    The people who demand this cancel insanity always pretend to have purity of motive, but their motives are always based on abysmal ignorance and self-deception.

    Ignorance being the prime requisite for creating useful idiots. The tragedy is that many people have a natural desire to do good and contribute constructively to society, but this lot has been convinced that DE-struction is CON-struction.

    April 6, 2022 at 9:52 pm
    • editor

      RCA Victor,

      Well said. Another example of the diabolical disorientation prophesied at Fatima.

      April 6, 2022 at 11:15 pm
  • Fidelis

    Jane Austen is such a beautiful writer – it’s unbelievable that any university would take her novels out of the curriculum.

    It’s sickening but it’s just another sign of these coarsening times.

    April 6, 2022 at 9:53 pm
    • editor


      The quality of education in the UK – especially Scotland – at this time is pathetic. I hear often from parents who are appalled at the lack of professionalism among teachers, even at primary level. It’s very disappointing, very sad.

      April 6, 2022 at 11:17 pm
      • Lily


        I’ve also heard complaints from parents about their children’s teacher – but there doesn’t seem any way of getting it fixed. If you complain to the Head I suspect they would close ranks and nothing would get done. It’s not always something that would be considered serious, such an unprofessional appearance, dress etc. But those things are important.

        I agree about Jane Austen – she was a leading “feminist” in a way, of her time, as it was not considered proper for a woman to write novels. This whole cancel culture is ruining education. About the only thing students will know about will be slavery and racism! It’s so ridiculous.

        April 7, 2022 at 9:08 am
    • Bernie


      The quality of Austen’s writing is superb. I cannot imagine any university where the lecturers truly love literature, cancelling her. It’s unthinkable. Her novels give a unique insight into the society in England of her day. The poor students don’t know what they’re missing.

      April 7, 2022 at 11:37 am
    • Laura


      I totally agree – we are living in very strange times, when people take offence at the most silly things, yet admire real evil, especially when it is turned into law.

      April 7, 2022 at 6:02 pm
  • Mack

    This video is a bit weird but it gives more details than the one at the intro. I copied the statement from below the YouTube video because it shows how mad this whole thing is. I found the video a bit distracting so I copied out the statement beneath it.

    “The University of Stirling’s English Literature programme has replaced author Jane Austen with award-winning novelist Toni Morrison, best known for her work on the African-American experience.
    #StirlingUniversity #ditchesJane #AustenEnglish #Literaturecourse

    Jane Austen removed from university literature program to help “decolonize the curriculum” and “increase the diversity of the curriculum”.

    The University of Stirling’s English Literature programme has replaced the famous Pride and Prejudice author with award-winning novelist Toni Morrison, best known for her work on the African-American experience.

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

    The University of Stirling’s English Literature programme has swapped Pride and Prejudice author Jane Austen (pictured) for award-winning novelist Toni Morrison, who writes about African Americans Famous for the works experienced by people

    Students taking the special author module will also learn about black postmodernism, gothic and “the aesthetics of contemporary American and African American fiction,” according to The Telegraph.

    New material for the English literature course at Scottish universities will also include ‘Racial Difference and Critical Theory of Race’ and ‘Gender and Sexuality’, two subjects distinct from Austin’s curriculum.

    Trigger warnings have also been added to students’ reading lists to educate them on “colonial language.”

    A warning about one of the English-language modules reads: “Some of the material in this module includes “reactions to colonialism (including colonial violence against men and women), slavery, violence, racism, sexism, and concerns surrounding gender representation, class, race discussion of issues and mental health”.

    The department, which runs the English literature program, said the university changed its focus every year and did not criticize Austin.

    Austin, one of many historical figures embroiled in the slavery debate, has called for the removal of statues of people associated with slavery, and the author’s House Museum in Hampshire “reasserts its place in the scrutiny of Regency colonialism”.

    The author’s connection to slavery, as her father, the Rev. George Austin, was once a trustee of a sugar cane plantation in Antigua.

    Others include Winston Churchill and Charles Dickens, whose museums were targeted by a man inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement.

    Ian Driver scrawled ‘Dickens Racist, Dickens Racist’ outside Dickens House Museum in Broadstairs, Kent and tried to black out text on street sign

    April 7, 2022 at 9:26 am
  • Josephine

    There just isn’t any end to this stupidity. I hope the students have the sense to read Jane Austen for themselves, as leisure reading. I’m sure a lot of them will have seen Pride & Prejudice on the TV – it was a brilliant drama.

    Reading so much stuff about race issues is not healthy – it’s calculated to divide people and when that starts in the classroom, it’s not going to end well.

    Shame on Stirling University. Scottish education used to be well regarded as the best in the world – now it’s on the dung-heap.

    April 7, 2022 at 11:18 am
  • Bernie

    The mention of the BBC drama Pride & Prejudice brought back fantastic memories – I loved it, so I searched for a scene and found this one – the engagement. Compare this “courting” to what we suffer these days in so-called dramas.

    April 7, 2022 at 11:34 am
    • editor


      Thank you for that – the drama was excellent, so thank you for the memory!

      April 7, 2022 at 11:03 pm
  • Laura

    I thought this short video of Jane Austen’s Hampshire home was interesting.

    April 7, 2022 at 6:00 pm
    • editor


      You thought correctly! Very interesting, indeed. Or put another way, very short, and very sweet!

      April 7, 2022 at 10:59 pm
  • RCAVictor

    This article claims that the “Father of Modern Cancel Culture” Has Died. Never heard of him, but may he rest in peace….

    April 7, 2022 at 8:17 pm
    • editor

      RCA Victor,

      Snap! I’ve never heard of him either but then he’d probably never heard of me – or even (dare I say it) thee? 😀

      April 7, 2022 at 10:56 pm
  • RCAVictor

    To respond to Editor’s perennial lead question, “Why are priests and bishops not speaking out loud and clear against this nonsense?”:

    Let’s get to the bottom line: the Church has been attacked by its own version of the cancel culture ever since Vatican II. The cancelling of Tradition, disguised by the clever abuse of language, is the Catholic equivalent of the secular process: pulling down statues, renaming streets and sports teams, and cleansing literature and the arts of the work of dead white males (and females).

    The hierarchy and the rest of the clergy are not speaking out against any of this for one simple reason: they are complicit in the cancellation, they are the ones implementing it, and they are the ones who approve of it and benefit from it.

    In short, they are the enemy within.

    April 7, 2022 at 9:38 pm
    • editor

      RCA Victor,

      Spot on – it’s the Faith, entire and true, which has been “cancelled” by our ever-so-modern churchmen from the top down. “The enemy within” – spot, as I say (very ungrammatically) ON!

      April 7, 2022 at 10:58 pm
    • Elizabeth

      I can’t remember the last time I heard any of our hierarchy say anything at all of any merit.

      April 8, 2022 at 12:48 pm
  • Theresa Rose

    That the University of Stirling has ditched Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice is sheer lunacy. And am glad to have found this story in PDF. I hope everyone enjoys reading it as I will. This is a classic story.

    And Bernie, I agree that the BBC Drama of the novel, does bring back fantastic memories.

    April 8, 2022 at 8:37 pm

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