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An Observation. A Criticism. Of Prejudice. Of the Western Canon. Of Allusion.

It is an extreme form of prejudice and racism that rejects the older works of the Western canon because they have been written by “Dead White European Males.” Under the guise of equality this view denies the quality of written work based on the anatomical features of its writer. Under the guise of cosmopolitanism this view lumps together and excludes all white Europeans as if they were spiritually, historically, culturally, politically, socially, or even genetically the same. Under the guise of progress this view oppresses the most disadvantaged, underprivileged, and repeatedly oppressed class—that is, the dead.

And the result of rejecting the works written by Dead White European Males: one cannot understand the criticism of today’s critics—whatever sex, color, geopolitical situation, class, etc.—because one cannot be sure what they are criticizing or whether they have understood what they think they are criticizing. If we lose the powers of making and of understanding allusions, we are adrift in the world. We become incapable of keeping the critics accountable, ultimately lost in the small-mindedness that we believe we are escaping by means of our supposed freedom from the context of the past.

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One thought on “An Observation. A Criticism. Of Prejudice. Of the Western Canon. Of Allusion.

  1. I thought this was an interesting quote, found on Wikipedia:

    Sculptor Janet Scudder had DWM’s roles as subjects for sculpture in mind when she wrote, “I won’t add to this obsession of male egotism that is ruining every city in the U.S. with rows of hideous statues of men-men-men- each one uglier than the other-standing, sitting, riding horseback-everyone of them pompously convinced that he is decorating the landscape.”

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