The Two Cultures
A conversation with Stefan Collini

Renowned Cambridge literary critic and intellectual historian Stefan Collini re-examines the celebrated battle between C.P. Snow and F.R. Leavis within the larger context of the value of public dialogue and the role of the modern university.

About Stefan Collini:

Stefan Collini is Professor of English Literature and Intellectual History at the University of Cambridge. He is a frequent contributor to The Times Literary Supplement, The Nation, and The London Review of Books.

Some Additional Resources:
The Two Cultures

By C.P. Snow (Foreword by Stefan Collini)

Two Cultures?: The Significance of C. P. Snow

By F. R. Leavis (Foreword by Stefan Collini)

What are Universities For?

By Stefan Collini

Common Reading: Critics, Historians, Publics

By Stefan Collini

Absent Minds: Intellectuals in Britain

By Stefan Collini

That's Offensive!: Criticism, Identity, Respect

By Stefan Collini

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Video Chapters

Introduction (00:00)

Chapter 1: Chatty Booksellers and Unread Books (1:36)

Chapter 2: Saving the World (9:30)

Chapter 3: Literary Osteoporosis and Resentful Scientists (12:20)

Chapter 4: The Two Cultures Enters the Mainstream (17:22)

Chapter 5: Enter F. R. Leavis (22:41)

Chapter 6: The Industrial Revolution, progress and Difficult Prose (32:36)

Chapter 7: The Fallout – Longer Term (40:57)

Chapter 8: From Leavis … to Collini? (45:17)

Chapter 9: What are Universities for? (57:59)

Chapter 10: Toward a Constructive Exchange of Views (1:07:17)

Chapter 11: The Humanities vs. the Sciences (1:12:46)

Chapter 12: The Two Cultures Redux (1:20:28)

Credits (1:25:03)