"trigger warning"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sat Jun 7 15:02:29 UTC 2014

On Jun 7, 2014, at 9:46 AM, Joel S. Berson wrote:

> It's potentially worse than asking that
> professors issue warnings -- there is a push that
> books be labeled.  Say as "entartete Kunst".  Or with a yellow star.
> From the NYTimes, "Warning: The Literary Canon
> Could Make Students Squirm", By JENNIFER MEDINA
> (on-line May 17, 2014; print May 18, Sunday Review, front page):
> "Would any book that addresses racism — like “The
> Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” or “Things Fall
> Apart” — have to be preceded by a note of
> caution? Do sexual images from Greek mythology
> need to come with a viewer-beware label?"
This has been going on for a while, whence the origin of "Well, I swan", arising from the first time an unsuspecting student was confronted with Zeus and Leda in delicto.


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