David-Gilmour-on-the-Toronto-SunRead the chatscript from Why Read Books You Don’t Love? here.

The news broke last week and exploded across the interwebs with the expected indignation, contempt and jocularity: A literature professor in Canada doesn’t teach books written by female authors. David Gilmour, an award-winning author teaches only novels written by macho-men in his classes at University of Toronto.

Essays and articles in media all over the globe followed, including an interview in The Huffington Post by Hunter Stuart, wherein Gilmour said, “[But] the trick in my course is, I want kids to leave my course thinking, ‘I want to read more Chekhov, I gotta read more Chekhov.’ I can’t do that for Alice Munro or Margaret Atwood or any other female writers I admire who are as good as any male writers but who don’t speak to me as profoundly.”

In this week’s MediaMonday in #litchat, we’ll begin discussion with the obvious and often-argued “male vs female authors” and finish with questions about “Why read books you don’t love.”

MediaMonday Resources

David Gilmour on Building Strong Stomachs (primary source)
Emily M. Keeler, Hazzlit, Random House Canada

David Gilmour, Canadian Professor and Author, Isn’t Interested in Teaching Books By Women
Hunter Stuart, The Huffington Post

Lit Professor Who Doesn’t Teach Books By Women Is Surprised That Offends People
Abby Ohlheiser, The Atlantic Wire

As A Student of David Gilmour and a Feminist, I Say Put Away the Rope
Rachel Bulatovich, The Globe and Mail

Later This Week in #LitChat


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Jason Boog, GalleyCat

Guest Host Friday: 

Daniel Kalla, author of Rising Sun, Falling Shadow and The Far Side of the Sky