The literature teacher at Tony’s school, Phil Dixon is a young, recent Cambridge grad whom the students adore. He uses the New Criticism method that involves sharing a poem with students without identifying information, and asking them to determine what it means devoid of any context. Phil Dixon becomes a model for the kind of dashing intellectual that Tony would like to be: he repeats one of Dixon’s phrases about the poet Ted Hughes to Veronica once at university in order to impress her, though with little success.
Phil Dixon Character Timeline in The Sense of an Ending
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...perhaps another day, the boys all attended English class taught by a young Cambridge grad, Phil Dixon , whom they adored. He used contemporary texts, addressed the students as “Gentlemen,” and once... (full context)