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'Art-speech is the only truth' -- exploring the meaning of this in Lawrence

Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 10:00 to 17:00

Venue: Eastwood Hall Hotel, Eastwood Nottingham, NG16 3SS

A one day conference organised by the D. H. Lawrence Society, in conjunction with the Leavis Society

'Art-speech is the only truth' -- exploring the meaning of this in Lawrence

To include:

1.  Lawrence, Leavis and Art-speech:  the Evolution and Application of a Reflexive Critical Concept.  Paul Filmer.

2.  Art-speech and 'The Man Who Died'.  Bob Hayward.

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

Monday, September 18, 2017 - 10:00 to Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 17:40
To event remaining 2 days

Booking is now open for the conference. Please download the booking form from this page, or book online! Venue: Downing College, Cambridge

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.

Why Literature Matters

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

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:​. 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


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