chapter  5
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Frank Kermode

Frank Kermode spends half of each year teaching at Columbia Univer­ sity, in New York, and the other half in London. He was King Edward VII Professor of English at Cambridge University until 1982, when he resigned following a serious falling-out with the producers of the longest-running show in Cambridge, “ No Speculation, Please, W e’re British!” The dispute centered, of course, on the tenure of a young don, Colin MacCabe, but in a broader sense was about the wisdom of allowing various theoretical modes, of Continental origin, a voice in the great and ancient British universities. Between 1980 and 1982 there was a general purging of such voices, fittingly leaving Cambridge to the towering and more objective geniuses of the “ Peterhouse School.”