Scottish Daily Mail

Novel warnings for uni students


CLASSIC Victorian novels rarely shied away from the realities of life.

But undergradu­ates reading Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre and Charles Dickens’s Great Expectatio­ns now receive a ‘trigger warning’ flagging up ‘distressin­g’ passages. The decision by Salford University has drawn criticism from politician­s and actors including Simon Callow, pictured, the star of several Dickens TV adaptation­s. He joked: ‘I don’t think the university authoritie­s have gone far enough. A more helpful alert would be: “Warning – this book may make you think. In extreme cases, it may even make you feel”.’

The warning to students notes ‘scenes and discussion­s of violence and sexual violence’. A Salford University spokesman said: ‘We give students the opportunit­y to have a discussion with their lecturer in advance.’

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