By Reed Johnson A famous dead white male
, Horace Walpole, once observed, "Life is a comedy for those who think .
The banner of multiculturalism now flies high over the towers of the academy, is deeply embedded in school textbooks, and even occasionally appears on that last bastion of Dead White Male
history, the historical television documentary.
Here, however, I have time only to comment that Montrose's sarcastic invocation of "The Dead White Male
Poets' Society" (122) exceeds his entirely justified need to protect his scholarly investment in a complex image of Spenser.
The dead white male
Melville and the whale of Moby Dick have withstood literary criticism just as Herodotus' work has outlasted the criticism of historians.
But this dead white male
owes his position to more than just the undoubted virtues of his work, maintains Lauter, a professor of literature at Trinity College, Hartford, Conn.
Except for Emily Dickinson, every one of its contributors is that bogeyman of the current culture wars-the dead white male
With all this said, Simpson's resistance to the political trend in academia to denounce Aristotle as the deadliest dead white male
David Hackett Fischer wryly notes, "the only creature less fashionable in academe than the stereotypical 'dead white male
,' is a dead white male
on horseback" (xiv).
And the truth is that we're supposed to have a Western perspective because we're a Western civilization--and that we should thank God, and some dead white males
, that we are.
In recent years, political correctness has sometimes dismissed these statues as being superfluous monuments to dead white males
of whom nobody has heard, but ignorance is no defence for vandalism and the suggested replacements have been of considerably less artistic and architectural merit.
Most of the lucky 13 are dead white males
- men like William Shakespeare, Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin.
In so doing he has both contemplated our American literary heritage and also reminded us that these dead white males
and one woman still have much to offer.