The Society arose from the work initiated by the former Centre for Leavis Studies, which had its origins in the conference, Re-reading Leavis, held at Downing College Cambridge in September 2003, and in surrounding discussions. The Centre organised further meetings (see 'News and Events'), out of which work the decision to form the Society developed.


Upcoming Events

  • 17 May 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

    There will be a public debate on 'Why Literature Matters', sponsored by The Leavis Society and the University of Hertfordshire, in association with New College of the Humanities and Bloomsbury Philosophy. Bernard Harrison and Howard Jacobson will be representing The Leavis Society. All are welcome to attend and participate in the general discussion.

    'Why Literature Matters' will now be held (NOT at the Bloomsbury Institute) at the New College of the Humanities, 19 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3HHon 17 May 2017, with the following invited panelists:

  • 29 Jun 2017 - 9:00am to 1 Jul 2017 - 5:00pm

    Tsinghua University, Beijing

    Recent years have seen a revival and a new growth of interest in the phase of English literary and cultural criticism known as ‘Cambridge Criticism’ or ‘Cambridge English’.  That phase – from the early 1920s (soon after the founding of the English Faculty at Cambridge) to the mid-1930s – is especially associated with the work of I. A. Richards and his pupil William Empson.  Richards is often identified as the progenitor of the American ‘New Criticism’ (though he himself... Read more

  • 18 Sep 2017 - 10:00am to 19 Sep 2017 - 5:00pm

    At Downing College, Cambridge

    Further details and exact times will be available shortly.