All-boys’ schools often choose texts for English study written by men. But the sexism goes beyond that. They are more likely to shy away from any exploration of gender in literature.
We compiled a list of the 15 most commonly cited books taught by English teachers we surveyed. It contains only two Australian writers, neither of which are Indigenous.
When literary studies degrees focus almost entirely on the work of white, male writers, we do our students and the academy a great disservice.
Do English texts stay the same over the decades because there are no good modern books? Or because the process of selecting new books is just too hard?