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English “operated as a language of the coloniser,” the University of East Anglia has told students in the latest push to decolonise the curriculum in Britain. The School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia has decided to abandon teaching its Literature In History II module, which included works from William Shakespeare and East Anglia alumni and Nobel Prize laureate Kazuo Ishiguro. The course will be replaced with “Writing Across Borders” which is set to focus on “the way English operated as a language of the coloniser,” a freedom of information request from the Daily Mail revealed. The move came after a group of students complained in a letter that their current coursework was too focussed on literature written by “white, cis-gendered male authors” and therefore centred around the “privileged, white, male experience”. The students went on to accuse the department of being “complicit in upholding exclusionary, erasive, patriarchal, heteronormative and white supremacist standards.”

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