Robert Fothergill

Robert Fothergill is a former chair of theatre at York University in Toronto.

Diary: Among the Leavisites

Robert Fothergill, 12 September 2019

In October​ 1958, I became a student of F.R. Leavis at Downing College, Cambridge. I had taken the entrance exams the previous December, including the ‘dating paper’, which involved matching passages of English poetry and prose as closely as possible with their dates of composition. This was Leavis’s special creation, for which I had been coached pretty intensively by...

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