The Politically Incorrect Guide to English and American Literature

  • by Elizabeth Kantor
  • Narrated by James Adams
  • 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

These days, English professors prefer to teach anything and everything but classic English literature. They indoctrinate their students in Marxism and radical feminism, show them Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11, and teach them the "post-colonial literature" of South Asia. When they do teach a genuine work of English or American literature, they use it to propagandize against our "oppressive" Western culture.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.

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"A wise and sobering book that is required...for anyone who cares about the future of the humanities. (The New Criterion)

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Tremendous disappointment

Having made the regrettable mistake of not studying Literature in college, I am trying to make up for lost time by purchasing lectures on the topic and reading classics. So when I saw this book, that promised to teach Western Literature "in all its politically incorrect glory," I was really excited. I want to study Literature, not politics! I hoped that finally, I'd have an unbiased, unpoliticized view of Literature from someone passionate about it.

Sadly, this book is very much about politics, of the most bitter variety. Kantor has a bone to pick with all those Marxist English professors. And having fled the USSR as a refugee, I am no Marxist. But gees, I want to hear about Literature, not about how flawed the modern leftist movement is. And the vitriol! Even the narrator, in an effort to capture the smugness of the author, sounds like he has a stick up his bottom.

It was just stressful to listen to this book. It was so mean-spirited against an enemy I've never encountered (I majored in a science -- not many Marxists there), filled with irrelevant digressions into current events. It turned out to be the very thing for which it claimed to be an antidote -- an injection of unnecessary politics into classic Literature.

I kept giving it second and third chances, but had to stop, at last, when Kantor suggested that the best way for today's society to prevent date rape is to teach its women not to drink. The irrelevance of this when discussing Chaucer was only half the trouble.

If you're in the same predicament as me, I highly recommend Professor Michael Drout's lectures (from the Modern Scholar series). He is someone passionate about English Literature and actually speaks ancient English dialects -- something even that curmudgeon, Elizabeth Kantor, would commend.
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- Anna

Thank Goodness!

What made the experience of listening to The Politically Incorrect Guide to English and American Literature the most enjoyable?

I appreciated hearing the honest confrontation of the distorted and warped the agendas concerning literature. Oh no! What if we read and examined literature for its literary value?


What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

I think the title says it well.


What does James Adams bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Honestly, I would have read through the material quickly and less thoughtfully.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The entire book was interesting and bold.


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- Liz E. Sanders

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-27-2006
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.