International News Jan 23, 2021 4:53 PM EST

UK university to 'decolonize' curriculum, remove Chaucer and other classics

The University of Leicester is planning to replace the poetry of Geoffrey Chaucer with instruction on critical race theory and sexuality.

UK university to 'decolonize' curriculum, remove Chaucer and other classics
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The University of Leicester is planning to replace the poetry of Geoffrey Chaucer with instruction on critical race theory and sexuality.

The English department has been told by the university administration that all canonical classics are going to be dropped, and new modules put in their place, more in line with the students' expectations.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, specifically the administration mentioned "The Canterbury Tales" and "Beowulf" wouldn't be taught, as well as any other medieval literature.

"The aim of our proposals [is] to offer a suite of undergraduate degrees that provide modules which students expect of an English degree," university authorities told professors in a statement.

"A chronological literary history, a selection of modules on race, ethnicity, sexuality and diversity, a decolonised curriculum, and new employability modules," are among what's to take the place of classic English literature.

In fact, all works more than 500 years old will be completely taken off of the syllabus. As of this writing, the university has manifested that some Shakespeare will still be included in the curriculum.

"We are currently considering some proposed changes to our English program and are consulting with staff as part of these discussions. We are committed to the future sustainability of teaching English, and we will continue to work with our staff and our students to deliver this," said a university spokesperson during an interview.

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