Discuss the two positions taken up by Q. D. and F. R. Leavis and C. S. Lewis with respect to English Literature.

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F.R. Leavis and his wife, Q.D. Leavis advocated for what they called the "great tradition" in literature, which meant that "literature" could be understood as the works of those authors who best upheld the tenets of liberal humanism: that is, that literature should be timeless, that its meaning should be accessible without referring to any context other than the work itself, and that a work is best understood by examining the text alone. Leavis believed that the purpose of literature was the promote human values, which meant for him things such as "human nature" and psychological individualism. Q.D. Leavis explicitly saw popular fiction

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