Professor Stefan Collini

Subject: Intellectual history and English literature

Department/institution: Faculty of English

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Professor Stefan Collini FBA is Professor Emeritus of Intellectual History and English Literature, University of Cambridge, and Emeritus Fellow of Clare Hall. After degrees at Cambridge and Yale, he taught at the University of Sussex before moving to a post in the faculty in 1986.  He is a Fellow of the British Academy, a frequent contributor to the London Review of Books, The Times Literary SupplementThe Guardian, The Nation, and other periodicals, and an occasional broadcaster.

His research includes19th and 20th-century intellectual history; social and cultural criticism in England. The relation between literature and intellectual history from the early 20th century to the present. Current research focuses 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 Britain.

Select publications:

  • Common Writing: Essays on Literary Culture and Public Debate, (Oxford: OUP, 2016)
  • Speaking of Universities (London: Verso, 2017)