Dead white men
Dead white men (/ˈded ˈwaɪt ˈmen/) or dead white males (/ˈded ˈwaɪt ˈmeɪlz/) is the shorthand form of an observation, and usually criticism, that certain social sciences, particularly history and literature studies of Western canon, focus upon the lives and works of dead white men to the exclusion of the lives and works of people who either aren’t (1) dead, (2) white and (3) men. For example, prominent dead white men in English literature include Chaucer, Dickens and Shakespeare.
Additionally, much English literature that wasn’t written by dead white men was written by dead white women, which deals with the gender aspect (3) but not the living or racial aspects (1 or 2).
(1) The entire population of English language learners are certainly living; (2) the majority of them are not white and (3) statistically more than half are female (given self-selection that statistically more women than men choose to pursue language study). Thus, relevance of English literature to their lives can and has been questioned, though there has also been somewhat of a backlash against this criticism. [reference needed]