Memoirs of a Leavisite
The Decline and Fall of Cambridge English
David Ellis is Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Kent. His previous books include 'Death and the author: how D. H. Lawrence died, and was remembered' (OUP, 2008) and 'Literary Lives: Biography and the search for understanding' (EUP, 2003).
Preface 1. Holloway 2. First Impressions 3. Sanctimonious prick? 4. Close reading 5. Time out 6. QDL 7. Class 8. Politics 9. France 10. The Richmond lecture 11. Loose end 12. Research 13. Theory 14. Australia 15. Shakespeare, Stendhal and James Smith 16. Teaching in the UK 17. Lawrence 18. …and Eliot 19. Epilogue Acknowledgements Bibliography Index
A personal memoir cannot pretend to be an easy introduction to the study of literature; yet the modest frankness with which he shows his colours, with no attempt to disguise personal preferences and standards (rather too cheerful to be strictly “Leavisian”), makes this “confession” a richly rewarding joy to read.
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Publication: March 28, 2013