Penn Students Replace Shakespeare Portrait With African American Writer Audre Lorde
Unclear on the concept. Associated Press reports at NBC Philadelphia:
Students at the University of Pennsylvania have removed a portrait of William Shakespeare and replaced it with the picture of Audre Lorde, an African American writer, civil rights activist and self-described, “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet.”
Philly.com reports the students put Shakespeare’s portrait in the office of English department chair and professor Jed Etsy. Etsy told the student newspaper the Daily Pennsylvanian that the students are “affirming their commitment to a more inclusive mission for the English department.” . . .
I wonder when these students notice that U.S. History courses give almost no African history or the history of, say, China. That’s a big oversight, eh? And how about medical schools? Lots of medical science, but very little physics and practically no geology at all! The outrage!
/snark – Most people find it perfectly okay if the focus of an English literature department has a focus on English literature. That’s pretty much truth in advertising. Shakespeare actually was an important writer in English literature. Lorde is an American, and would (I imagine) be studied in courses such as American Literature, World Literature, Comparative Literature, and Women’s Literature. (Notice how male authors seems systematically excluded from courses on Women’s Literature?)