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Tag Archive: David Gilmour

Sep 28 2013

Guest post: two real teachers of literature respond to Gilmour

Andrea Day and Miriam Novick read these remarks yesterday at the event Serious Heterosexual Guys for Serious Literary Scholarship, held at the statue of Northrop Frye at Victoria College in the University of Toronto. The remarks are on Facebook, and posted here by permission. For those of you who couldn’t be there yesterday, below are …

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Sep 27 2013

Narcissism as literary appreciation

Exactly. Holger Syme, Associate Professor of English at the University of Toronto, on David Gilmour’s version of professing literature. …unlike Mr. Gilmour, who teaches the odd college course, I am a professor of English literature here, and it stung to see his bizarre, reactionary views on literature and teaching associated in the media with my …

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Sep 27 2013

Such men are dangerous

More on David Gilmour. Gilmour seems to think enough of himself to believe that he’s somehow unique in his approach to teaching literature. The only female writer whose work he teaches is Virginia Woolf, and then only a single short story. So he’s proud of teaching a curriculum that’s limited to his own narrow viewpoint, …

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Sep 26 2013

If you want women writers go down the hall, in full

When the silliness of David Gilmour hit the newspapers, Hazlitt magazine posted the full transcript of the interview. It changes nothing. Keeler: So do you teach mostly, I guess classic lit, or Russian? Gilmour: I teach modern short fiction to third-years and first. So I teach mostly Russian and American authors. Not much on the …

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Sep 26 2013

There was a French guy in the room, I tell you

Now David Gilmour is in the hot seat for saying such stupid things in that interview. He explains to the National Post why he didn’t really say it and he said it wrong and it was jokes and it’s the young woman’s fault. (Everything always is.) This was an interview I gave sort of over …

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Sep 25 2013

“I’m not interested in teaching books by women”

Then via PZ a brilliantly transgressive and original Canadian guy who writes novels and got a gig teaching novels at the University of Toronto despite no PhD. He talked to Emily M Keeler for a series she does for a website at Random House, nicely titled Hazlitt. I’ve just moved, so my library at home …

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