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Authors:Emma Eldelin: Department of Culture and Communication, Linköping University, Sweden
Publication title:The Cultural Transfer of a Concept: C. P. Snow’s “Two Cultures” and the Swedish Debate
Conference:Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11–13 June 2007
Publication type: Abstract and Fulltext
Issue:025
Article No.:021
Abstract: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.
Language:English
Year:2007
No. of pages:19
Pages:185-203
Series:Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):1650-3686
ISSN (online):1650-3740
File:http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp/025/021/ecp072521.pdf
Available:2007-11-27
Publisher:Linköping University Electronic Press, Linköpings universitet

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Emma Eldelin (2007). The Cultural Transfer of a Concept: C. P. Snow’s “Two Cultures” and the Swedish Debate, Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11–13 June 2007 http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp_article/index.en.aspx?issue=025;article=021 (accessed 7/30/2014)