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English as a Vocation: The 'Scrutiny' Movement

Christopher Hilliard


This book is a history of the most influential movement in modern British literary criticism. F. R. Leavis and his collaborators on the Cambridge journal Scrutiny in the 1920s and 1930s demonstrated compelling ways of reading modernist poetry, Shakespeare, and the ‘texts’ of advertising. Crucially, they offered a way of teaching critical reading, an approach that could be adapted for schools and adult education classes, modelled in radio talks and paperback guides to English Literature, and taken up in universities as far afield as Colombo and Sydney. This book shows how a small critical schoo ... More

Keywords: Leavis, Scrutiny, literary criticism, cultural studies, adult education, schools, popular culture, mass media, modernism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199695171
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695171.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Hilliard, author
Associate Professor of History, University of Sydney