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English as a VocationThe 'Scrutiny' Movement$
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Christopher Hilliard

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199695171

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695171.001.0001

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English as a Vocation

Christopher Hilliard

Oxford University Press

The first chapter provides an interpretation of Scrutiny's literary criticism: it introduces the ideas, styles, narratives, and analytical procedures whose appropriation and extension is the main theme of the book. The chapter takes Leavis's college entrance examination papers as a way into understanding the sorts of criticism he sought to teach. His teaching materials and his published manifestoes marked out a critical discipline whose concern with the texture and operations of language at once focused on the text and claimed a wider cultural remit. This approach drew on the insights of I. A. Richards and T. S. Eliot, but developed them into a pedagogy. For Leavis the practice of criticism was inseparable from the pedagogy of criticism.

Keywords:   Leavis, Frank Raymond, Scrutiny, literary magazines, Cambridge University, Richard Hoggart, Richard, Raymond Williams, Englishness, Francis Mulhern, Terry Eagleton

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