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Founded in 1951, by F. W. Bateson, Essays in Criticism soon achieved world-wide circulation, and is today regarded as one of Britain's most distinguished journals of literary criticism …

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The F.W. Bateson Memorial Lecture

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‘Wyth her owen handys’: What Women’s Literacy Can Teach Us about Langland and Chaucer
by Christopher Cannon

Professor Cannon’s lecture was delivered at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, on 8 February 2016.

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“Though Bateson’s career at Oxford was difficult (he failed to become a fellow at his college until 1946), he founded the journal Essays in Criticism and was an influential teacher and mentor to New Left critics including Stuart Hall, Graham Martin, and Raymond Williams, as well as a number of poets and writers including Al Alvarez, Kingsley Amis, Bernard Bergonzi, Robert Conquest, Donald Davie, John Holloway, Philip Larkin, W.W. Robson, and John Wain.”

Why study English? Literature, politics, and the university, 1932-1965
by Alexander Hutton

In this blog post, based on an article in the journal English, Alexander Hutton looks at the role of F. W. Bateson (and three other influential critics) in the politics of English as an academic discipline between the 1930s and 1960s.

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