F.R. Leavis

By Richard Storer

Series Editor: Robert Eaglestone

© 2010 – Routledge

168 pages

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About the Book

‘informative, succint, circumspect; an exacting introduction to Leavis as an incisive master critic. Ideal for today’s students and general readers’ – Chris Terry, Times Higher Education

F.R. Leavis is a landmark figure in twentieth-century literary criticism and theory. His outspoken and confrontational work has often divided opinion and continues to generate interest as students and critics revisit his highly influential texts.

Looking closely at a representative selection of Leavis’s work, Richard Storer outlines his thinking on key topics such as:

  • literary theory, ‘criticism’ and culture
  • canon formation
  • modernism
  • close reading
  • higher education.

Exploring the responses and engaging with the controversies generated by Leavis’s work, this clear, authoritative guide highlights how Leavis remains of critical significance to twenty-first-century study of literature and culture.

Reviews

‘informative, succint, circumspect; an exacting introduction to Leavis as an incisive master critic. Ideal for today’s students and general readers’ – Chris Terry, Times Higher Education

Table of Contents

Why Leavis? Key Ideas 1. ‘What is Leavis?’ 2. Literary Criticism, Theory and Philosophy 3. Culture 4. New Bearings 5. Great Traditions 6. Close Reading 7. English, Education and the University 8. ‘Life’. After Leavis. Further Reading

About the Author/Editor

Richard Storer is Associate Principal Lecturer and Director of BA Programmes in English at Leeds Trinity and All Saints, an accredited college of the University of Leeds. His publications include F. R. Leavis: Essays and Documents (co-edited with Ian MacKillop, 1995).

About the Series

Routledge Critical Thinkers

Routledge Critical Thinkers is designed for students who need an accessible introduction to the key figures in contemporary critical thought. The books provide crucial orientation for further study and equip readers to engage with theorists' original texts.

The volumes in the Routledge Critical Thinkers series place each key theorist in his or her historical and intellectual context and explain:

  • why he or she is important
  • what motivated his or her work
  • what his or her key ideas are
  • who and what influenced the thinker
  • who and what the thinker has influenced
  • what to read next and why.

Featuring extensively annotated guides to further reading, Routledge Critical Thinkers is the first point of reference for any student wishing to investigate the work of a specific theorist.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LIT000000
LITERARY CRITICISM / General
LIT004120
LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh