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‘Cambridge Criticism’ beyond Cambridge: An International Conference

Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 09:00 to Saturday, July 1, 2017 - 17:00
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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 demurred).  He had a close association with T. S. Eliot, a major influence on the contemporary poetry and criticism.

Why Literature Matters

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 18:30 to 20:30
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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:

'Symposium' on 'F. R. Leavis: Critic, Teacher, Philosopher'

We are delighted to announce that (what the editors have called) a 'Symposium' on F. R. Leavis: Critic, Teacher, Philosopher has just come out in Philosophy and Literature. You'll find the issue online here: http://muse.jhu.edu/issue/34022​. Initial abstracts and front pages are available to all but accesssing the articles requires an academic subscription.We trust readers will agree that this a splendid current tribute to Leavis's thought and its continuing influence. We are exploring whether the editors will be able to offer a discounted price available to members of the Society. We will update members about this.

Special issue of The Literary Criterion dedicated to Leavis

We are pleased to let you know about a special issue of Indian literary journal The Literary Criterion, dedicated to Leavis.

Section I: Leavis and Religion

  • Introduction (Emily Holman)
  • Leavis and Newman: Grammars of Dissent (Paul Dean)
  • FR Leavis as Critic of TS Eliot (AVC Schmidt)
  • Three Great Critics (Michael Aeschliman)
  • Affirmation in the Work of FR Leavis (Chris Joyce)


Section II

Leavis in India

(year and date to be confirmed): a conference to be held at Mysore. A special Leavis edition of The Literary Criterion has been published (edited by Emily Holman). Details of how to order copies will follow shortly. The journal was founded more than 60 years ago by Professor C. D. Narasimhaiah (CDN), a former pupil of Leavis's, and continues under the general editorship of CDN's son, Professor C. N. Srinath.

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