|Title||Does McLuhan destroy Leavis?|
|Publication Type||Conference Proceedings|
|Year of Publication||2017|
|Conference Name||Leavis and the Confrontation with Modernity|
|Conference Location||Centre for Modern Studies at the University of York|
I argue that, despite appearances, McLuhan’s work is in continuity with Leavis’s insights. I use the McLuhan’s Doctoral Dissertation from 1943, The Classical Trivium: The Place of Thomas Nashe in the Learning of his Time, to illuminate McLuhan’s later work in Understanding Media. I argue that McLuhan already uses the three dimensions of the Trivium, Grammar, Dialectic, and Rhetoric, as operators with which to understand the 2000 year evolution of humane learning up to the time of Thomas Nashe. And McLuhan’s later work, extrapolating from such conceptions as the dynamic analysis of the movement of civilisation by Leavis, when he is considering the 17th Century in Education and the University, is arguably an application of these operators in the context of the transformations of media by and with technology in modern civilisation.
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Heward Wilkinson D Psych, MSc Psych, MA, BA, lives in Scarborough, and is an Integrative Psychotherapist, and a literary scholar and philosopher. He was Senior Editor of International Journal of Psychotherapy, the journal of the European Association for Psychotherapy (EAP), from 1994-2004. He was taught by Dr Leavis at Cambridge in 1965-66. He pursues in depth studies, teaching, and presentations in relation to literature, philosophy, and psychotherapy, with a special interest in the revival of FR Leavis studies, and the Shakespeare authorship question, and has speaks regularly at literary conferences on these themes, in both the UK and the Americas. He has had papers and reviews published in Brief Chronicles. He is Editor of the Leavis Society Newsletter, and a committee member of the Leavis Society, as well as of the De Vere Society. He is author of The Muse as Therapist: A New Poetic Paradigm for Psychotherapy (Karnac/UKCP 2009), which is a Leavisian book, and also contains a chapter on the Shakespeare Authorship Question, drawn from in his Brief Chronicles paper on Cordelia and Edgar in King Lear. His current focus is the historicity of consciousness.
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