David Gilmour, Canadian Professor And Author, Isn't Interested In Teaching Books By Women
Huffington Post - over 3 years
You might expect more from someone at an institute of higher learning.
An award-winning author and literature professor at the University of Toronto has ignited controversy by saying he's "not interested in teaching books by women ."
"I say I don't love women writers enough to teach them, if you want women writers go down the hall," professor David Gilmour said in an interview with online magazine Hazlitt, which is run by Random House.
"What I teach is guys. Serious heterosexual guys," Gilmour continued. "F. Scott Fitzgerald, Chekhov, Tolstoy. Real guy-guys."
Gilmour, 63, acknowledges that he teaches a short story by Virginia Woolf, who is "the only writer that interests me as a woman writer." But otherwise, he maintains that he only teaches writers he "truly, truly love[s]" -- and those happen (with the exception of Woolf) to be men.
The backlash to Gilmour's statements was swift. Perhaps predictably, his remarks triggered an outpouring of criticism on Twitter, including
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