British universities warn students of classical literature

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Published 19 January 2022 at 19.07

Cultural news. British universities have begun warning their students to read classic books. Not even students who study literary studies avoid the special “trigger warnings”, reports Bild.

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At the University of Salford, works such as Charlotte Brontë's “Jane Eyre” and Charles Dickens' “Luminous Views” have been provided with warning texts.

Students are considered to be “upset” by those subjects which the books deal with.

The University of Aberdeen also raises alarms about “emotionally difficult” texts and has set up a special site where they sound the alarm about politically incorrect elements so that students “feel more secure with their books”.

Among other things, it is warned that Shakespeare's play “Julius Caesar” contains depictions of murder and “sexist attitudes”. As for Jane Austen's “Pride and Prejudice”, the novel is said to be characterized by “classicism” (class differences between rich and poor) and “sexism” which can be “outrageous”.

In Jane Austen's novel “Reason and Feeling” “racism and sexism that are typical of the period” are found at the same time “, according to another warning.

At the old University of Cambridge, they have” trigger warnings “in their digital library catalog, writes Bild.

To use the search service, students must first confirm that they understand that they can be “triggered” by the fact that themes such as class differences, racism, homophobia, violence, trauma, war and disability appear in the books.