Tough Guy Lit Prof: "I'm Not Interested in Teaching Books by Women"S

David Gilmour is a singer in Pink Floyd. The less famous David Gilmour is an author and professor at the University of Toronto. That David Gilmour is, as of today, most famous for declaring that "What I teach is guys."

This is from an interview with Gilmour on Random House's website. Perhaps it will goose his book sales? You never know. Here, David Gilmour describes what he teaches his literature students at the University of Toronto:

I’m not interested in teaching books by women. Virginia Woolf is the only writer that interests me as a woman writer, so I do teach one of her short stories. But once again, when I was given this job I said I would only teach the people that I truly, truly love. Unfortunately, none of those happen to be Chinese, or women. Except for Virginia Woolf. And when I tried to teach Virginia Woolf, she’s too sophisticated, even for a third-year class. Usually at the beginning of the semester a hand shoots up and someone asks why there aren’t any women writers in the course. I say I don’t love women writers enough to teach them, if you want women writers go down the hall. What I teach is guys. Serious heterosexual guys. F. Scott Fitzgerald, Chekhov, Tolstoy. Real guy-guys. Henry Miller. Philip Roth.

Okay.

David Gilmour is the author of the novel "How Boys See Girls."

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