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The York Meeting 2018

Friday, October 19, 2018 - 09:00 to 17:00

This is an invitation to speak at a meeting of the Leavis Society on Friday 19 October 2018 at the University of York.

No speakers have yet been enlisted.

The invitation is not limiting in respect of subject but it is hoped that a range of critical speakers, whether on any of F.R. Leavis’s literary critiques or his wider convictions and thought, will stimulate reflection and discussion on his significance.

A title and outline of your approach should be emailed to the secretary of the Leavis Society at by the end of May.
It will passed to the Chair and members of the committee for the earliest possible decision.

Even if not presenting a paper, all will be welcome to attend.


Leavis's Landmark Work on Lawrence

Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 09:00 to 17:00

This is a Call for Papers to interested members, past, present, and future of the Lawrence Society and of the Leavis Society for the Leavis-Lawrence Day at Eastwood Hall Hotel on Saturday September 8 2018 (to be followed in the evening by the D.H.Lawrence Birthday Memorial Lecture at the Hotel).

The theme of the Day is 'Leavis's Landmark Work on Lawrence'. This will obviously include Leavis's 'D.H.Lawrence: Novelist' and 'Thought, Words and Creativity' as well as of course any essays written independently of these two books.

No speakers have yet been enlisted.

No guidance for papers is proposed beyond suggesting that appraisals of Leavis's critiques on one or more of Lawrence's works or of Leavis's more general assessments of Lawrence could be considered, as well as any other relevant approach, such as, for example, comparisons with other critics' views, etc.

'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


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.

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.


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