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The Cultural Transfer of a Concept: C. P. Snow's -Two Cultures' and the Swedish Debate
Linköping University, Department of Culture and Communication, Swedish Studies and Comparative Literature. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
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)
Abstract [en]

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.

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Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press , 2007. , 185-203 p.185-203 p.
, Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings, ISSN 1650-3740 ; 25
Keyword [en]
The Two Cultures, C.P. Snow, Sweden
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Humanities History of Ideas
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-39662Local ID: 50625OAI: diva2:260511
Inter: A European Cultural Studies Conference in Sweden
Linköping Electronic Conference ProceedingsAvailable from: 2009-10-10 Created: 2009-10-10 Last updated: 2012-05-10

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