Students at a university that has produced a string of world-renowned authors are to be taught that English ‘operated as a language of the coloniser’.
The School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia – which boasts Nobel Prize laureate Kazuo Ishiguro and the Booker Prize winners Ian McEwan and Anne Enright among its alumni – is to ‘decolonise’ its courses following demands from students.
The decision is the latest controversial move by institutions to make lessons more diverse – but critics claim it is ‘anti-academic’ and ‘corrosive’.
The School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia is to ‘decolonise’ its courses following demands from students
Frank Furedi, emeritus professor of sociology at Kent University, said: ‘The project of decolonising the English language has nothing to do with genuine academic concerns. Associating the evils of colonialism with English literature is more about turning the subject into a political dogma than studying the merits of different writing and authors.
‘None of this is about English literature. It is using English literature as a medium to