When literary works are judged according to political viewpoint
Saipan — Perhaps one of the best things that could possibly happen to great literature — the classics and the modern classics — is already happening, thanks to its sworn enemy: Ideology.
What the 15th century friar Savonarola and his successors (other religious fundamentalists and dictatorships of various political hues) have tried to do, today’s ideologues intend to pursue. And that is to, once and for all, get rid of “immoral,” “bad,” or “evil” works of art, including and especially of the literary kind.
Everyone — or most everyone — was outraged by the Trumpistas who barged into the U.S. Capitol in the final days of his presidency. Their very presence in the chambers of Congress — the lawmaking body of the world’s most powerful nation — was like excrement smeared on immaculate white walls. Yet only a few people are complaining about the ongoing assault on the hallowed halls of Art.
One of them is author and critic Meghan Cox Gurdon who wrote last month about the ideologues’ “sustained effort” to suppress the works of, among other great authors, Homer (the Greek, not Simpson), F. Scott Fitzgerald and even liberal Democrat Dr. Seuss.