David Gilmour's teaching comments spark controversy

September 26, 2013

Comments made recently by University of Toronto literature professor David Gilmour about only teaching books written by heterosexual men have sparked controversy and media attention. Gilmour, who is also an award-winning author and former CBC TV host, is quoted in a Random House blog as saying, “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.” He adds later, “I’m not interested in teaching books by women.” (He makes an exception for Virginia Woolf) Social media soon erupted with comments condemning Gilmour’s quotes. uToronto issued a statement on Facebook Wednesday saying that it does not endorse Gilmour’s views, and explaining that the instructor focuses on his areas of expertise, leaving other areas to colleagues who can teach them more effectively. Globe and Mail | CTV