F. R. Leavis

The Creative University

  • Steven Cranfield

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Education book series (BRIEFSEDUCAT)

Also part of the SpringerBriefs on Key Thinkers in Education book sub series (BRIEFSKEY)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Steven Cranfield
    Pages 1-3
  3. Steven Cranfield
    Pages 5-14
  4. Steven Cranfield
    Pages 15-24
  5. Steven Cranfield
    Pages 25-34
  6. Steven Cranfield
    Pages 35-44
  7. Steven Cranfield
    Pages 45-55
  8. Steven Cranfield
    Pages 57-65

About this book


This is a critical introduction to the educational thought of F. R. Leavis (1895–1978), the greatest English literary critic of the twentieth century, providing the first in-depth examination of Leavis’s ideas in relation to contemporary mass higher education. During the course of a long, prolific and controversial academic career, which saw him take issue with figures such as Wittgenstein, T. S. Eliot and C. P. Snow, Leavis became one of the most articulate advocates for the idea of the university as ‘a centre of consciousness and human responsibility’ in the face of what he saw as the relentless technological drive of civilisation. With the journal Scrutiny which he co-founded, as well as his critical writings, Leavis became a decisive influence on generations of teachers in Britain and overseas. Widely misrepresented as narrowly elitist, his ideas about ‘the creative university’, with their radical, student-centred approach to teaching, constitute a powerful resource for a higher education system grappling with the contradictory demands of continuity and change. Based on original research, the study provides an overview of Leavis’s life, work and heritage and his educational world view, and a comprehensive exploration of Leavis’s pedagogy from theoretical and practical perspectives. It also includes a first-hand account by the author of being taught by Leavis in person.


Leavis Higher Education University Creativity Learning and Teaching English and Cultural Studies Higher Education Policy History of Higher Education Philosophy of Higher Education

Authors and affiliations

  • Steven Cranfield
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept Leadership & Prof DevelopUniversity of Westminster Dept Leadership & Prof DevelopLondonUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-25983-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-25985-7
  • Series Print ISSN 2211-1921
  • Series Online ISSN 2211-193X
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