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The Responsibilities of Dissent: F.R. Leavis after Scrutiny

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F.R. Leavis's refusal to testify at the ‘Chatterley Trial’ (1960) is a revealing moment. ‘The Responsibilities of Dissent’ explores his position, drawing particularly on his essay ‘The Orthodoxy of Enlightenment’, which is located in relation to debates over the status of D.H. Lawrence; the Scrutiny project; the evolution of English studies; issues around value and valuing; and the changing public discourse of literary and cultural criticism.

Keywords: F.R Leavis; Lady Chatterley's Lover; Literary Criticism and Journalism; Value; language/linguistics

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: University of East Anglia,

Publication date: September 1, 2004

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