Every activity should bear some relation to art history that is non-DWEM (dead white European male
) and instead, uses images from non-Western cultures in both high and vernacular art.
The only thing I liked was a nearly linear plan adapted from a novel by a famous dead white European male
and, instead of feeling ashamed of this preference, I felt defiantly monocultural.
In it Busch decries the use of current trendy jargon and complains that if Chaucer were to apply for a university job today he would not get it "because he is a dead white European male
and because his degree isn't good enough, and because he doesn't do theory."
Political correctness has brought about a new vocabulary of words into our culture with terms like homophobic, multicultural, Eurocentric, disadvantaged, physically challenged, carbon footprint, sex worker, lookism, fattist, phallocentric, waitron, wimmin, differently abled, and DWEM (dead white European males
Many of the dead white European males
of music history certainly did, weaving themes from folk and popular into orchestral compositions.
Countering academic, external, and internal critics of Western Culture, such as dismissive attitudes toward the legacy of "dead white European males
", Culture Counts reveals Western cultural contributions to moral education, defends traditional architecture and figurative painting, and urges renewed respect for the positive achievements of Western civilization.
The old "cosmopolitan" view suffered its own provincialism of "dead white European males
," but how can we open the field of study to the multitudes of different literatures and do them any justice?
Hamlin believes that some Renaissance writers were less myopically Eurocentric than is usually allowed by those keen to denounce dead white European males
. Yet, wary of appearing to condone past crimes or of seeming old-fashioned, Hamlin adopts too often and too unthinkingly the buzz words and buzz ideas of those with whom he at base disagrees.
The most pronounced obsession, of course, would seem to be with Dead White European Males
, otherwise and quippingly known as the canon fodders.
Language suffers most of all, as a long line of Transcendental Victims use terms like "racist," "sexist," "homophobic," and "Eurocentric" so freely that they lose all significance, and crude pop-Stalinist phrases like "Dead White European Males
" (in Hughes' acerbic formulation, "the pale patriarchal penis people") are used to browbeat a quavering academy.
The focus of the argument is on DWEMs (Dead White European Males
) and whether or not they should make up the core of a curriculum.