Professor Stefan Collini, Faculty of English
The relation between literature and intellectual history from the early 20th century to the present. Current research focusses on the cultural role of, and the historical assumptions expressed in, literary criticism in Britain from c.1920 to c.1970. Recent work has dealt with the question of intellectuals in 20th-century Britain, the relation between academic critics and 'men of letters', the role of cultural criticism, as well as individual essays on figures such as T.S. Eliot, F.R. Leavis, George Orwell, Raymond Williams, and Richard Hoggart. Also work on the history, and public debates about the role, of universities in Britian.
Areas of Graduate Supervision:
Prof Collini is interested in supervising graduate students working on a wide range of topics in the broad area of the relations between literature and intellectual history from the mid 19th century to the present. He is particularly interested to hear from students proposing to work on some aspect of 'non-fiction prose' in the 20th century, whether in the history of literary criticism, in literary journalism, in social or cultural criticism, or in the relations between literature and politics. Contributes to teaching and/or supervision for PhDs on literary subjects in the post-1830 period. See:http://www.english.cam.ac.uk/postgraduate/ Postal Address: Faculty of English 9 West Road Cambridge CB3 9DP
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- Stefan Collini, '"The Chatto list": publishing literary criticism in mid-twentieth-century Britain', Review of English Studies, 63 (2012), 634-663
- Stefan Collini, What Are Universities For?, Penguin, 2012, 216pp
- Stefan Collini,That's Offensive! Criticism, Identity, Respect, Seagull Press/U of Chicago Press, 2011, 69pp
- Stefan Collini, Common Reading: Critics, Historians, Publics, Oxford University Press, 2008,368pp.
- Stefan Collini, "Richard Hoggart: literary criticism and cultural decline in twentieth-century Britain", Richard Hoggart and Cultural Studies, Ed. Sue Owen, Palgrave, 2008, 33-56
- Stefan Collini, "Where did it all go wrong? Culural critics and 'modernity' in interwar Britain", in E.E.H. Green and Duncan Tanner (eds.), The Strange Survival of Liberal England (CUP, 2007), 247-274
- Stefan Collini, Absent Minds: Intellectuals in Britain, Oxford University Press, 2006, 526pp.
- Stefan Collini, "The literary critic and the village labourer: 'Culture' in twentieth-century Britain (The Prothero Lecture)", Royal Historical Society Transactions 14, 2004, 93-116
- Stefan Collini, 'Eliot among the intellectuals', Essays in Criticism, 52 (2002), 101-125
- Stefan Collini, "History, Religion and Culture: Essays in British Intellectual History 1750-1950 AND Economy, Polity and Society: Essays in British Intellectual History 1750-1950 (2 volumes) General Introduction 1-21 and Presentations 22-28", Ed. Stefan Collini, Richard Whatmore and Brian Young, Cambridge University Press, 2000, 289pp, + 283pp.
- Stefan Collini, "The European Modernist as Anglican Moralist: the later social criticism of T S Eliot", Enlightenment, Passion and Modernity, Ed. Robert Dietle and Mark S Micale, Stanford University Press, 2000
- Stefan Collini, English Pasts: Essays in History and Culture, Clarendon Press, 1999, 348pp.
- Stefan Collini, "From non-fiction prose to "cultural criticism": genre and disciplinarity in Victorian studies", Rethinking Victorian Culture, Ed. Juliet John and Alice Jenkins, Macmillan, 1999
- Stefan Collini, "Cambridge and the study of English", Cambridge Contributions, Cambridge University Press, 1998, 42-64