As an English student, I read a lot of books. What I find unfortunate is that most of them are by dead white Brits. One of my classes, post-colonial Literature, breaks that trend. In fact, none of the books are British. It is a great break from the standard "western canon" to read books from places like India, Zimbabwe, South Africa and the Caribbean countries.
Don't get me wrong Shakespeare is great and Canadian lit is important as an examination of ourselves. But Canada is also multicultural, and it is time we looked at where our people are coming from, so that we can better understand them.
English is no longer just the language of the British. It has been integrated into many cultures around the world. I believe it would be worth studying the effects of English in different cultures and examine how their literature is affected by the "invasion" of English as a language and as a culture.
I say we open our eyes to the rest of the world and not just assume that we are the only English authors worth reading.