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Politically Incorrect Guide to English and American Literature (Politically Incorrect Guides)

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What PC English professors don't want you to learn from . . .
- Beowulf: If we don't admire heroes, there's something wrong with us
- Chaucer: Chivalry has contributed enormously to women's happiness
- Shakespeare: Some choices are inherently destructive (it's just built into the nature of things)
- Milton: Our intellectual freedoms are Christian, not anti-Christian, in ori
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Unknown Binding, 300 pages
Published May 14th 2014 by Not Avail (first published January 1st 2006)
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Nandakishore Varma
Elizabeth E. Kantor
Thinks she writes with candour;
But most of it's just banter-
And some, very close to slander...

24/01/2017

I thought she didn't like Margaret Atwood, but her cronies in the GOP are trying to implement The Handmaid's Tale post-haste in the US.
Kit Alloway
Jul 14, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is racist, sexist, and ridiculous. Despite the title, it isn't insightful or subversive. It's a sarcastic, bitter attempt to re-establish traditional values in English literature. The author rejects all notions of post-structuralism and attempts to force students back into the dark ages of English studies: back when the canon consisted only of old white Christian men. Kantor laments all appreciation of literature written by minorities (including claiming that the work of Toni Morrison ...more
David Withun
Dec 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
Kantor provides here an incredibly honest introduction to English literature, perhaps the most honest introduction to the subject you will find anywhere. It is an unfortunate fact that the great works of literature have come to be buried in a swamp of ideologies, agendas, and half-truths. Rather than allowing a great work to speak for itself, it instead it dissected through the lens of queer theory, Marxist theory, feminist theory, and the various theories of any number of other isms. It is even ...more
Michael
Feb 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
The Politically Incorrect Guide to English and American Literature, by Elizabeth Kantor ***

As I state elsewhere, few things make me feel as defiled as the post-modern take on literature. English departments throughout the United States have abandoned the classical canon for contemporary claptrap. Shakespeare has been replaced by “Betty the Yeti”, Milton and Spenser by Pound, and Austen by Atwood. True analysis and education have been replaced by politically correct Marxist/feminist/queer literar
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Amanda (TheBookwormAdventures)
There are not words to describe how aggravated I was with this book. The author's points were very biased, which is exactly what she accused the "liberal professors" of being. She used extreme examples and I found her definition of feminism to be ridiculous. I consider myself to be a feminist, yet I do not view marriage as a form of slavery, nor do I see all sex as "rape." Although she felt that Christianity was the most important aspect of all of these books/poems, etc., she discussed how ignor ...more
Kris
Wonderfully clear and simple. Definitely wished I had some fellow English majors around me to chat with as I listened to this book.

First off, I loved the structure of the book. Kantor does a quick survey of literature, starting with early Medieval period, through the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Enlightenment, Romanticism, and then a chapter for each century, from 1600s-2000s. Each chapter starts with suggested literature from that time period which you "can't miss." Then there are several later ch
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Donald
Dec 06, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
This entire line of books is incredibly good, chocked full of information you usually don't find in history books or classes, giving new light to "accepted" history.

This one refutes the ideas that the great literature of the English-speaking world is racist and sexist, and that female writers were unquestionably feminist. Excellent portion on "Beowulf."
Emelie
Author's suggestion to stop women being raped: women shouldn't drink alcohol. Like young women wasn't allowed back in the medieval times. Then they wouldn't have to worry being drunk and following a dude they might regret sleeping with later.

That, and the author bashing feminist and LGBTQA readings of books and only promoting Christian symbolism and reading = Ah, nah, thanks.
Bettie☯


blurb - The Politically Incorrect Guide to English and American Literature exposes the PC professors and takes you on a fascinating tour through our great literature-in all its politically incorrect glory. Included: a syllabus and how-to guide to give yourself the English lit education you were denied in school.

#1 Beowulf
#2 Battle of Maldon

Anglo Saxon poetry is little taught nowadays; rather than being read for its own sake, it is pawed over to support feminism/homo-erotic/ marxist stand points
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Melinda
I highly recommend this book. It is fascinating to read what is currently being published by current English professors, and then read the rather straightforward rebuke that Elizabeth Kantor gives them as she quotes original texts back. The original texts seem stimulating and interesting while the modern English revisionist history machinations seems dull and contrived in comparison. This book was worthwhile for me primarily because of her chapter on Jane Austen, which is brilliant, and the chap ...more
Annachka
May 07, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
unreadable.
Heather
This breezy but knowledgeable overview of English literature is unabashedly pro-Western Civilization, pro-Christianity, and anti-Feminism. It does a good job of delivering what one expects from it. As part of a series (the Politically Incorrect Guides--modeled, it seems, on the popular "for Dummies" or other explanatory series but intended for decidedly conservative audiences), this book can seem a bit formulaic and shallow in spots. But then, it is written as a introduction for the average pers ...more
Jennifer
Aug 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So many books I have neglected to read in my life! This book is a very straight forward understanding of English and American literature. It is not a book that finds hidden meanings in authors poetry (like racism/feminism within Shakespeare's writing). Rather it is a book to explain that not everything we read has to have a hidden meaning. It explains that our English professors of today's colleges are forgetting to read authors for the enjoyment of reading them alone. It is also a reminder that ...more
Jack Laschenski
Mar 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The program for a recent convention of the Modern Language Association lists 794 different panels on subjects including "Redeeming Violence", "Marxism Now", "Film after Brown vs. Board of Education", and even "What Video Games Can Teach Us About Literature", but not one on Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Coleridge or Keats.

English literature is not taught in College English Departments anymore.

Political posturing is.

The Politically Correct faculties have thrown away our heritage.

If you would like to re
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Simone
May 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A traditional take on the canon. The book deeply emphasises the problems of studying such a rich subject under new theoretical frameworks. The author's outlook is directly connected to the experience I have had trying to study English literature in a postgraduate programme in Brasilia. The main message struck a chord close to my heart: if you want to study literature, you'd better do it on your own, because very few universities will help you.
Carmen
Jul 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Something was not quite right about my experience as an undergraduate English BA, and this book cuts right to the heart of the matter, all while keeping an appreciation for good storytelling and literature its main focus and reward. This would actually be a fitting companion piece to Eugenides' The Marriage Plot. Nicely done.
John
Reading this book is equivalent to taking a university English Lit. Survey course from an ultra-conservative professor--if that's even possible these days. It's passionately written, brash, and very insightful.
Julie Davis
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.

UPDATE
The next book I've chosen from my personal "challenges" list. Thus far I am disappointed by the repetitive scorn heaped on current thinking
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Prema Arasu
I bought this book second-hand because I thought it was satirical, or at least tongue-in-cheek. It is neither of those things - it is a self-proclaimed conservative antifeminist rant about how literary theories obscure the apparent "truths" contained in great literary works.
Kantor hates on "PC liberal English Professors who teach Attwood instead of Chaucer" and also trash-talks Terry Eagleton WHO IS BAE. She calls for curricula to return to the DWEM literary canon as those are the "great works",
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Eric
Aug 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am trying to justify in my own mind a system of bribes to encourage my grandchildren (and perhaps my children) to avail themselves of the rich heritage of English and American literature that Kantor focuses on in this slim indictment of the current academic establishment. I suppose there are other, equally valid, complaints about what has been served up as English literature on our campuses, but this one seemed well put together and lasered in on some real issues with English departments servi ...more
Momdad
Oct 01, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very thoughtful review of English literature from Beowulf to 20th Century authors, with their impacts on the modern world. Very well reasoned explainations of what they contributed to history and culture. She is positively critical of today's academic departments of English because she believes they teach everything EXCEPT English Literature. I agree with her contention that dead white males (and a few females) contributed significantly to English literature, and you can not fully understand our ...more
Ruth Dahl
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gosh I love Elizabeth Kantor so much.

This was the first book I chose to read during my year of self directed literature studies, and I think I chose well.

I'm sure that she is addressing the extreme professors, as I am not sure that EVERY English Professor teaches "Queer Theory" instead of Shakespeare, but by hitting the extremes she addresses the major issues.

She has a clear writing style, and you can really tell how passionate she is about literature, it just oozes out of the pages in the very
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MrsRK
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Extremely interesting book. Among many other interesting things, Kantor explains how the Middle Ages were not the “dark ages” as most of us believe, but one only needs to read Chaucer to change one’s mind. I remember a high school teacher stating something to that effect. This is a very important book for people who enjoy reading—good literature, that is—and want to break free from the tyranny of school/college cliché curricula.
Lyn
Jul 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finished this last night, very funny and informative. A defense of Dead White Males and at the same time a two fisted attack on the revisionist, victim politics usurpers of English Departments across the country. Believe it or not I was once an Honors English student, and this book brought back some almost fond memories.
Nicole Marble
I thought this books' title meant it would be amusing. Hardly! The author is angry, furious, ticked off at how English and American literature is taught in todays universities.
This is actually two books in one - first a Christian, anti-feminist scree, then a pretty good literary analysis.
Your choice.............
Jim
Mar 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Since much of my formal education was technical as opposed to classical, I have many deficiencies in the area of Literature. For the past eighteen years, I've tried to do some catching up, often reading books that others read in high school or college. This PI Guide was very helpful in that it answered many questions I would never otherwise, have thought to ask. Again, recommended!
Andreas Strom
Dec 04, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Boring, dry and WAY too focused on christianity and feminism. I did learn a few things here and there, but it was a chore to struggle through this yawn inducing book.
Steve
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a thumping read!
All the idols of our post modern, PC sensitive and secular age were thrust aside as Mrs Kantor set forth her argument for a sane and appreciative reading of English literature from Beowulf to Eliot. Bracing.
Lorinda
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of classic literature and English teachers
I picked up this book several years ago when my husband and I were collecting books from the Politically Incorrect Guide series. Having been an English major, this title, The Politically Incorrect Guide to English and American Literature, particularly intrigued me. But this volume from 2006 became lost on the shelves and was rediscovered as I prepared to oversee my son’s high school online class on American Literature. Apparently, the methodology of teaching literature in universities today has ...more
Stephanie
This one was sort of amusing, if perhaps not very deep in some ways. It had some points: my initial courses as an English major (even at BYU) turned my stomach, and I don't even want to think about some of the drivel I read through in some of those literary journals. What a crock. Why in the world should a great story or poem or such be shoehorned into a limited number of (evidently popular and largely ridiculous) theories of literary criticism? It's like they want to kill literature before anyo ...more
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