In a recent interview David Gilmore, an instructor at the University of Toronto's Victoria College revealed that he is not interested in teaching books by women writers with the exception of Virginia Woolf. Instead, Mr Gilmour says: " [w]hat I teach is guys. Serious heterosexual guys. F. Scott Fitzgerald, Chekhov, Tolstoy. Real guy-guys. Henry Miller. Philip Roth."
Mr. Gilmour argues that he only wants to teach authors he feels passionate about. On the one hand, I can understand that. On the other hand, his comments read like an overly picky 4 year old that won't eat a green grape because they don't like "green food."
Female writers are not a monolith. Neither are gay male writers. Or for that matter, Chinese writers, another group he mentions that he won't teach. If he wasn't so close minded, maybe he would find more authors speak to him.
Another problem with his comments is that according to my morning radio show, the course he is teaching is on short stories, and the syllabus states that it will cover stories from around the world, when apparently he only teaches American and Russian authors (and Virginia Woolf).
Literature is not really my thing. I'm Science girl. But I love to read, and read widely. And I don't get this guy's attitude.