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Re-reading Leavis: Valuing Literature(s) in Our Time

Monday, September 18, 2017 - 10:00 to Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 17:40

 

F. R. Leavis was one of the most influential literary critics in the twentieth-century, known for his insistence on the humanistic value of literature – the value of literature in human life.

 For Leavis, and literary humanism generally, literature offers insights into the human condition of a kind that cannot be obtained by other means. Since the 1980s, the focus on literature has relaxed in schools and universities to bring in film, media and performance. This year's conference will reflect on the waning place of literature in our time, and examine whether and how potential to counter this can be drawn today from Leavis's critical work.

Leavis and Eliot as Literary and Cultural Critics: An International Conference

Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 09:00 to Friday, September 25, 2015 - 17:00

Downing College Cambridge, 24th-25th September 2015
Organised by the Leavis Society in conjunction with the T. S. Eliot Society (UK)
VenueDowning College, Cambridge

Twitter hashtag #leaviseliot

Format: short papers, round-table sessions, interviews, discussions and a postgraduate research-in-progress session

Confirmed speakers include:

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