The Cultural Transfer of a Concept: C. P. Snow's -Two Cultures' and the Swedish Debate
2007 (English)In: Inter: A European Cultural Studies Conference in Sweden, Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press , 2007, , 185-203 p.185-203 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
In the Cambridge Rede Lecture of 1959, C. P. Snow expressed his thoughts on -The Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution-. His idea of -the two cultures-, described as a gap between scientists and -literary intellectuals-, attracted much attention in Swedish debate from the early 1960s onwards. In this essay, I present the concept of -the two cultures- as deeply grounded in Snow-s personal experiences and in a British social, political and cultural climate. Furthermore, I discuss the Swedish interpretations and transfigurations of Snow-s concept and, above all, how they differ from Snow-s views. -The two cultures- is here regarded as a concept which was discussed in relation to certain other concepts in a Swedish interpretative framework. In Sweden, -the two cultures- was related to concepts like Bildung, humanism, the humanities, and science. The Swedish debate on -the two cultures- often drew from historical perspectives on these concepts, and was affected by earlier influences from German intellectual traditions. These differences between Sweden and Britain, regarding cultural influences, languages and conceptions, contributed to a broader and partly different understanding of -the two cultures- in Swedish debate.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press , 2007. , 185-203 p.185-203 p.
, Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings, ISSN 1650-3740 ; 25
The Two Cultures, C.P. Snow, Sweden
Humanities History of Ideas
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-39662Local ID: 50625OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-39662DiVA: diva2:260511
Inter: A European Cultural Studies Conference in Sweden
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