Memoirs of a Leavisite: The Decline and Fall of Cambridge English

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In the second half of the last century, the teaching of English literature was very much influenced and, in some places, entirely dominated by the ideas of F. R. Leavis. What was it like to be taught by this iconic figure? How and why did one become a Leavisite? In this unique book, part memoir, part study of Leavis, David Ellis takes himself as representative of that pool of lower middle class grammar school pupils from which Leavisites were largely recruited, and explores the beliefs of both the Leavises, their...

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Overview

In the second half of the last century, the teaching of English literature was very much influenced and, in some places, entirely dominated by the ideas of F. R. Leavis. What was it like to be taught by this iconic figure? How and why did one become a Leavisite? In this unique book, part memoir, part study of Leavis, David Ellis takes himself as representative of that pool of lower middle class grammar school pupils from which Leavisites were largely recruited, and explores the beliefs of both the Leavises, their lasting impact on him and why ultimately they were doomed to failure. At the heart of this book are questions about what English should and can be that are by no means finally settled.

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Editorial Reviews

Laura Marcus
“A beautifully written, engaging and informative work. . . . It gives vivid and witty accounts of both F. R. and Q. D. Leavis’s fraught and often fractious relationships with colleagues and contemporaries, but the tone is never malicious or one-sided. Above all, it is a book about the role that literature might play in a life.”
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"A wise, patient and delightful book."—The Spectator

"A memoir of beautifully evoked ghosts."—Times Higher Education

"I also enjoyed David Ellis's Memoirs of a Leavisite, an autobiography that, while providing first-hand evidence of Leavis's influence on university English departments the world over, distinguishes itself from many a work by Leavisite hands by its note of self-deprecation."—D.J. Taylor, Times Literary Supplement, Books of the Year 2013

"I loved two works of non-fiction that could have been written just for me - Alwyn W Turner's A Classless Society and David Ellis's Memoirs of a Leavisite."—Leo Robson, The New Statesman, Books of the Year 2013

"David Ellis's final affirmation that the approach that Leavis advocated still provides the best insurance that he has come across against "the tendency of institutions to churn on regardless, quite cut off from any initial social aim or utility" resonates in the mind after one has closed this brief, tactful and deceptively quiet book."—ITimes Literary Supplement

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846318894
  • Publisher: Liverpool University Press
  • Publication date: 8/15/2013
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,426,019
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

David Ellis

David Ellis is Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Kent. His recent books include 'Byron in Geneva' (Liverpool University Press, 2011).

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Table of Contents

Preface
1. Holloway
2. First Impressions
3. Sanctimonious prick?
4. Close reading
5. Time out
6. QDL
7. Class
8. Politics
9. France
10. The Richmond lecture
11. Loose end
12. Research
13. Theory
14. Australia
15. Shakespeare, Stendhal and James Smith
16. Teaching in the UK
17. Lawrence
18. ELand Eliot
19. Epilogue
Acknowledgements
Bibliography
Index

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