What I’m Reading Now: The Politically Incorrect Guide to English and American Literature

The Politically Incorrect Guide to English and American Literature (Politically Incorrect Guides)The Politically Incorrect Guide to English and American Literature by Elizabeth Kantor

This is one of the books from my nonfiction section of my personal reading challenge for this year. The library had it. I picked it up. Haven’t done more than flip through it, but I am mystified by the complete lack of Steinbeck from the index.

However, I’m interested to see what the author says and what books I may become interested in while reading it.

Thus far I am disappointed by the repetitive scorn heaped on current thinking from college professors. I get it, I get it … they’ve hijacked classic literature, poetry and plays for their own uses. Can we get on with it?

Now I am past many of the denunciations of hijacking professors (which I realize is du rigeur “style” for the Politically Incorrect series), I am enjoying the insights into different time periods of writers and their overall messages. For example, the author’s comments about the variety and enjoyment of diversity in medieval literature has made me interested in Chaucer, which has surely never been the case before. And the author makes some very interesting comments about the value of chivalry to Western civilization as set against current feminist thinking. Very interesting and I’m sure I’ll be adding many a classic to my “to read” list as I work my way through the book.

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