Academics, Western grapple with impact of allegations against Alice Munro


Academics across Canada are rethinking how they will teach and discuss Alice Munro’s work in the classroom, following the recent publication of an essay by Munro’s daughter. Faculty members such as Lorraine York (McMaster University), Neil Besner (University of Winnipeg), Shelley Hulan (University of Waterloo), and Sherrill Grace (University of British Columbia) spoke to the Globe and Mail about the impact of the news on their work. “This will, without a doubt, affect the way we teach and write about Munro’s work,” commented York. “I now need to teach her work with this painful reckoning in mind.” Western University is also reportedly considering its ties to Munro, who graduated from the institution and has a chair named in her honour.

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