To kill a classic

A news published by The Guardian is creating a lot of polemic. British Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove had decided to remove some classics of American fiction from the guidelines for the English literature syllabus for schoolchildren such as Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck's, and Arthur Miller's play The Crucible. What really intrigues is to know why that action was taken. Gove alleges that he wants just more British titles, but some people said that it is not the real reason. They argue that those books "are both perceived as liberal texts, dealing with themes of racial discrimination, oppression and the injustices suffered by the poor" (Petrou, 2014, p. 34). This news created a public reaction of media, teachers and people. I think that everybody knows British doesn't like American culture; however, it was across the line.

In Brazil, there are a lot of books you should read in high school which are from Portugal, I have been thinking since I read this news how would be the reaction of Brazilian society if they banned classic books of Portuguese literature: Auto da Barca do Inferno, Gil Vicente; Os Lusíadas, Luís Vaz de Camões; and A cidade e as serras, Eça de Queirós.


Petrou, M. (2014, Jun 09). To kill a classic. Maclean's, 127(22), p. 34.