Q.D. Leavis: Women and Education under Scrutiny
Abstract:Q.D. Leavis's attack on Virginia Woolf's Three Guineas (1938) is often seen in the light of the prevalent ‘anti-Bloomsbury’ sentiments among writers associated with the journal Scrutiny. However, an examination of other articles and reviews produced by Leavis for Scrutiny during the 1930s can help to recontextualise her attack on Woolf as part of a wider argument about women and education. Leavis's reviews of novels by Rosamund Lehmann and Dorothy L. Sayers show her to have been impatient with the image of the universities conveyed in popular fiction, whilst her praise for Ruth Adam illustrates her wish to see education portrayed in a realistic and socially responsible manner. Leavis's belief that women could and should compete on equal terms with men in the field of education now seems blinkered, but the articles and reviews examined here show that her attack on Woolf had its roots in both her own experiences of education and her interest in literary realism.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: University of the West of England
Publication date: September 1, 2004
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