Liberal literary bias

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The liberal literary bias is a commonly-noted bias among the publishing, university, and literary review establishments.

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Professors don't want to teach English literature the way it was written, but instead try to deconstruct it and remold it into Marxist liberal feminist ideology. That's a hopeless task because great English literature is explicitly Christian, conservative, and celebrates heroism, marriage, and masculine courage...The professors don't want them to learn from the poem Beowulf that no civilization will survive without heroes to defend it, or from Chaucer that chivalry has contributed enormously to women's happiness, or from Shakespeare that there really is such a thing as human nature and some people make inherently destructive choices, or from John Milton that our intellectual freedoms are Christian in origin. The feminists don't want young people to learn from Jane Austen that it's reasonable for a woman to look to marriage for happiness. - Eagle Forum Book Review[1]

Background

Former Communist Party USA General Secretary Earl Browder remarked in 1960,

Entering the 1930's as a small ultra-left sect of some 7,000 members... rose to become a national political influence far beyond its numbers ...its influence became strong in some state organizations of the Democratic Party (even dominant in a few for some years)... its sponsors and speakers would include almost a majority of Roosevelt's Cabinet, the most prominent intellectuals, judges of all grades up to State Supreme Courts, church leaders, labor leaders, etc.). Right-wing intellectuals complained that it exercised an effective veto in almost all publishing houses against their books, and it is at least certain that those right-wingers had extreme difficulty getting published.[2]

Review bias

Novels by conservative authors are typically reviewed harshly on account of upholding conservative values (often accompanied by accusations of reactionism or bigotry), regardless of the works' actual merits. Liberal novels, conversely, are given a free pass, regardless of vulgar sexual or anti-values content; their flaws are typically glossed over.[3]

Literary revisionism

The conservative values of literary classics, such as the works of Mark Twain and Charles Dickens (to name only a few - conservatism permeates the canon) are typically ignored or marginalized in University teaching settings. This deceit by liberal academics convinces students that conservatism is not modern or capable of creating great art.[4] Liberal professors also attempt to suppress invariably conservative views and themes presented in classic literature, by erroneously imposing their own political interpretations (typically feminist, Marxist, or "deconstructionist") on text.[5]

Publishing bias

As publishing houses are typically controlled or strongly influenced by the academic and review establishments, they are much less likely to publish conservative works, regardless of their merits. This is worsened by the liberal media's likelihood to ignore conservative publications altogether. Thus, conservative novels must make use of Christian publishing houses, which have been established to counteract these problems, but unfortunately are lacking in size and present.

Further reading

  1. http://www.eagleforum.org/educate/2006/dec06/book.html
  2. Earl Browder, Socialism in America in International Communism, St. Antony's Papers, Number 9, Edited by David Footman, Southern Illinois University Press, Carbondale, III, 1960, p 101. [1]
  3. Michael Bérubé, What's Liberal About the Liberal Arts?: Classroom Politics and "Bias" in Higher Education, 27.
  4. Michael Bérubé, What's Liberal About the Liberal Arts?: Classroom Politics and "Bias" in Higher Education, 43-7.
  5. Michael Bérubé, What's Liberal About the Liberal Arts?: Classroom Politics and "Bias" in Higher Education, 92.
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