Women writers are women writers and men writers are just writers.

September 27, 2013

While I have been absent from this blog for a long time (race to the tenure clock finish line fast approaching– ARGH!!) I did want to repost this wonderful (and frustrated) blog column from Anne Thériault’s blog, Belle Jar in which she responds to a male professor’s rant about how he loves no female writers and therefore excludes them from all his syllabi. Seriously. Thériault’s response is exasperated, and extremely satisfying. That is all.

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2 Responses to “Women writers are women writers and men writers are just writers.”

  1. mijnheer said

    David Gilmour (the villain in question) says he thinks Virginia Woolf is probably the greatest writer ever, as good or better than Tolstoy and Chekhov. He also says he loves the stories of Alice Munro.

  2. Rottweiler said

    True– he did put this in his original interview, which was excerpted for the Guardian article that I will quote from here:
    “Eyeing the rows of books in his office, Gilmour said: ‘I’m not interested in teaching books by women. Virginia Woolf is the only writer that interests me as a woman writer, so I do teach one of her short stories. But once again, when I was given this job I said I would only teach the people that I truly, truly love. Unfortunately, none of those happen to be Chinese, or women.’

    He went on: ‘What I teach is guys. Serious heterosexual guys. F Scott Fitzgerald, Chekhov, Tolstoy. Real guy-guys. Henry Miller. Philip Roth.’

    Gilmour also claimed not to have encountered any Canadian writers he admired passionately enough to teach. For women, Chinese and Canadian authors he directs his students ‘down the hall’, to other tutors.

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