Introduction: The Heretic Who Survived?

  • Steven CranfieldEmail author
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Education book series (BRIEFSEDUCAT)


This introductory chapter provides an overview of the rationale and structure of the study. Leavis was once a major and controversial literary and cultural presence of the twentieth century but his relevance to contemporary mass higher education is seldom fully appreciated. Far from being a simple representative of a by-now superseded elite educational system, Leavis has the potential to influence considerably our thinking about the values, purposes and premises of ‘the creative university’.


Leavis English studies Literary criticism Mass culture Mass higher education Creativity 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Leadership and Professional Development, Westminster Business SchoolUniversity of WestminsterLondonUK

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