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Stirling University's English Literature programme has replaced Jane Austen (pictured), the famous author of Pride and Prejudice with award-winning writer Toni Morrison, who is known for her works about the experiences of African Americans
Stirling University have replaced Pride and Prejudice author with Toni Morrison; trigger warnings have been added to reading lists for 'language of colonialism'

A university literature course has removed Jane Austen to help 'decolonise the curriculum' and 'contribute increased diversity' on the syllabus.

Stirling University's English Literature programme has replaced the famous author of Pride and Prejudice with award-winning writer Toni Morrison, who is known for her works about the experiences of African Americans.

The institution is following up on a commitment made during the Black Lives Matter protests in the summer of 2020, with principal Professor Gerry McCormac saying that the university must 'support an anti-racist agenda in higher education'.

According to The Telegraph, those who are taking the Special Authors module will also learn about black postmodernism, Gothic, and 'the aesthetics of the contemporary US and African-American novel.

The new material in the Scottish university's English Literature course will also have 'racial difference and critical race theory' as well as 'gender and sexuality', which are very different themes to that of Austen's.

Trigger warnings have also been added to students' reading lists to make them aware of 'the language of colonialism'.

One cautionary note on one of the English modules reads:
'Some of the material in this module includes 'discussion of colonialism (including colonial violence towards men and women), enslavement, violence, racism, sexism and issues surrounding representation of gender, class, race and mental health'.
The department running the English Literature course said that the university changes focus annually and has not critiqued Austen.

Austen was amongst many historical figures dragged into the debate about slavery and calls to bring down statues of those with links to such, with the author's House Museum in Hampshire, which 're-examined her place in Regency-era colonialism'.

The writer's ties to slavery as her father, Rev George Austen, was once a trustee of a sugar plantation in Antigua.

Others included Winston Churchill and Charles Dickens, whose museum was targeted by a man inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement.

Ian Driver scrawled 'Dickens Racist, Dickens Racist,' on the outside of the The Dickens House Museum in Broadstairs, Kent, and attempted to black-out the lettering on a street sign for nearby Dickens Road.

The carer wore a denim jacket and cream shorts as he took to the streets in the dead of night on Saturday to campaign against what he claims is 'institutionalised racism' in the seaside town.

The Black Lives Matter protester who claims he 'tagged' the statue of Winston Churchill said he did it because he believes Britain's greatest Prime Minister was a 'confirmed racist' who cared more about colonialism than black people.

The masked young man, who is being searched for by the Metropolitan Police today for the vandalism in Parliament Square, claimed that Mr Churchill only fought the Nazis to protect the empire - not for 'people of colour'.

Using black spray paint yesterday he daubed the phrase 'was racist' below the wartime leader's name, leaving the monument reading: 'Churchill was a racist'. A 'f*** your agenda' was also added on the stone.

Sir Winston's Churchill's legacy was also reviewed in late 2020 by the Imperial War Museum as bosses examine his views on 'sensitive topics' in wake of the Black Lives Matter movement. Internal documents reveal discussions took place at the museum that holds the Churchill War Rooms.

Museum bosses have called for examination into the wartime leader's views after his statue in Parliament Square, London, was defaced with the word 'racist' graffitied on to it.