Jane Austen Canceled in ‘Decolonise’ Drive

In response to the Marxist Black Lives Matter movement, celebrated English novelist Jane Austen has been replaced by African-American writer Toni Morrison in a literature course to promote the “decolonization of the curriculum.”

An English module at Stirling University in Scotland has decided to cancel Pride and Prejudice author Jane Austen credits left-wing poet and novelist Toni Morrison, whose works focus on racism against black people in the United States and who blamed Donald Trump’s presidential victory on white supremacy.

According to internal documents seen by The TelegraphStirling University scrapped the Sensation and sensitivity writer in the enlightened program in favor of Morrison to ensure the “decolonization of the curriculum” and to “contribute to greater diversity”.

The nature of the course will also reportedly change, with students taking the Special Authors module being told that “the main topics covered will be racial differences and critical race theory, gender, and sexuality.”

The students will also be trained in “black postmodernism, gothic, as well as the aesthetics of the contemporary American and African American novel”.

Following the re-emergence of the Black Lives Matter in Britain in 2020, the principle at Stirling University, Prof Gerry McCormac said the school would be committed to supporting an “anti-racist agenda in higher education”.

The widespread and often violent protests in 2020 saw a slew of historical figures in Britain the target of various offenses from the awake crowd, including Sir Winston Churchill and Queen Victoria.

Universities were some of the first institutions to pick up the movement as an excuse for the left-wing agenda of “decolonization of the curriculum,” with figures like Sir Issac Newton, Charles Darwin and others receiving disdain for holding beliefs that do not conform to modern sensibilities.

Jane Austen herself has been the target of a stir, with a museum dedicated to honoring the author who decided to put up displays criticizing her for taking advantage of ‘Regency-era’ colonialism. Although Austen and her family did not own slaves or benefit directly from colonialism, the museum claimed she benefited from access to worldly items such as sugar in her tea.

Stirling University has not directly criticized Austen, claiming it will change authors on an annual basis. However, when discussing some historical works, students will be given trigger warnings to warn them that they may encounter “the language of colonialism”.

“Some of the material in the module includes a discussion of colonialism (including colonial violence against men and women), slavery, violence, racism, sexism and issues surrounding gender, class, race and mental health representations”, an English module trigger warning states.

Criticism of the move to drop Austen, British historian Tom Holland said“I like the idea that by dropping Britain’s leading female novelist in favor of an American one, a British university is somehow decolonizing itself.”

“Why don’t the British humanities departments just admit the truth: that they are absolutely desperate to become outposts of American university culture?” questioned the bestselling author.

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