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Memoirs of a Leavisite : the decline and fall of Cambridge English

Author: David Ellis
Publisher: Liverpool : Liverpool University Press, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
"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  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Biographies
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: F R Leavis; F R Leavis; Frank R Leavis; F R Leavis; David Ellis
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Ellis
ISBN: 9781846318894 1846318890
OCLC Number: 826659756
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xii, 151 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Holloway --
First Impressions --
Sanctimonious prick? --
Close reading --
Time out --
QDL --
Class --
Politics --
France --
The Richmond lecture --
Loose end --
Research --
Theory --
Australia --
Shakespeare, Stendhal and James Smith --
Teaching in the UK --
Lawrence --
... and Eliot --
Responsibility: David Ellis.


Part study of Leavis, part memoir of being taught by him and his lasting influence on the author and on a whole generation of English Literature scholars.  Read more...


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[A] wise, patient and delightful book. * The Spectator * A memoir of beautifully evoked ghosts. * Times Higher Education * David Ellis's final affirmation that the approach that Leavis advocated Read more...

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