Britisk universitet advarer studenterne mod at læse George Orwells 1984

University puts TRIGGER WARNING on Orwell’s 1984

George Orwell’s iconic novel 1984, written in 1949 about the horrors of censorship and the threat of authoritarianism, is being censored by a university. 

The University of Northampton in Orwell’s own England has issued a trigger warning on the book, with staff claiming that the book contains “explicit material” and that some student may find the work to be “offensive and unsettling.”

The Daily Mail uncovered this via a Freedom of Information request, and 1984 is one of several books that have been slapped with a trigger warning for students at the university who are studying what’s called Identity Under Construction. This course of study comes with a warning to students that it “addresses challenging issues related to violence, gender, sexuality, class, race, abuses, sexual abuse, political ideas and offensive language,” The Mail reports.

Other books deemed to be triggering include Samuel Beckett’s groundbreaking and brilliant play EndgameV for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd and Jeanette Winterson’s Sexing the Cherry. Sally Rooney’s Normal People has also been flagged, and Mark Haddon’s 2003 novel The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time has been labeled as including the “death of an animal, ableism and disability and offensive language.”

2 Kommentarer

  1. ”Dårlig omtale er bedre end ingen omtale”, sagde Simon Spies og det er nok min fortid som historiestuderende, der gør jeg ville omskrive det med et forbehold- dårlig omtale kan være bedre end ingen omtale.
    Her specifikt kan omtale kan medføre flere læser bogen, end antallet ville være uden omtale.

  2. Det er sikkert fornuftigt af det universitet , at give en advarsel til evt læsere. Det er ikke nemt, at være lærer for elever, der opsøger synspunkter udenfor tankeboblen. Man skulle måske afskaffe histproe fagene også?(bare for at være helt sikre?)

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