Conferences

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

Monday, September 18, 2017 - 10:00 to Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 17:40

 

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.

 For Leavis, and literary humanism generally, literature offers insights into the human condition of a kind that cannot be obtained by other means. Since the 1980s, the focus on literature has relaxed in schools and universities to bring in film, media and performance. This year's conference will reflect on the waning place of literature in our time, and examine whether and how potential to counter this can be drawn today from Leavis's critical work.

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.

Leavis and Eliot as Literary and Cultural Critics: An International Conference

Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 09:00 to Friday, September 25, 2015 - 17:00

Downing College Cambridge, 24th-25th September 2015
Organised by the Leavis Society in conjunction with the T. S. Eliot Society (UK)
VenueDowning College, Cambridge

Twitter hashtag #leaviseliot

Format: short papers, round-table sessions, interviews, discussions and a postgraduate research-in-progress session

Confirmed speakers include:

Leavis and Lawrence

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 09:00

The Society organised a one-day event at Durban House, Eastwood, on Friday 19th September 2014 as part of the Lawrence festival in conjunction with the D. H. Lawrence Society. The focus of the meeting was Leavis's (changing) response to D. H. Lawrence. Speakers were Bob Hayward, Michael Bell, David Ellis and Heward Wilkinson.  Their papers are posted on the members' area of the website.

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