I think Leon Podles makes a great point over at Touchstone about the problem with males and literature in schools.
"Most "literature� is the printed version of chick flicks, and produces instant boredom in males."
The problem with school assigned literature is not so much that it emphasizes relationships over narrative or plot. The problem is that most of the books and stories read in school are chock full of political correctness and patronizing propaganda. Rather than reading the great works of the western canon, our youth are subjected to the latest literary fad; whether that be feminist, Marxian, or angry minority screeds.
As the saying goes, obscure writers are obscure for a reason.