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

David Ellis


After the Second World War, the teaching of English Literature in the UK was dominated by the ideas of F. R. Leavis. What was it like to be taught by him in Cambridge? How and why did one become a Leavisite? In this unique book, part memoir and part analytic study, David Ellis takes himself as representative of the pool from which Leavisites were largely recruited and explores the beliefs of both the Leavises, their lasting impact on him and why what they proposed was ultimately bound to fail. At the heart of this book are questions about what English teaching should and can be which are by no ... More

Keywords: Leavisite, English teaching, Memoir, Cambridge

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9781846318894
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781846318894.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Ellis, author