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Terry Eagleton

Eagleton argues that literature as a field of study is itself a kind of ideology. He traces the rise of "literature" from its roots in eighteenth-century "belles lettres" through the Romantic...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2020, 12:10 pm (UTC)

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Eagleton is a socialist critic, and in this groundbreaking book, he argues that all literary theory is ultimately political. Like Barthes and other socialists, he grounds reality in lived history....

Latest answer posted November 10, 2019, 3:14 pm (UTC)

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Terry Eagleton

"Base structure" and "superstructure" are terms used in Marxist literary theory to describe the economic-political-cultural orientation of a society as it is reflected in a work of literature or in...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2013, 3:10 pm (UTC)

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Terry Eagleton

In Literary Theory, Jonathan Culler ends up defining literature (or at least describing it) as “language with particular properties or features” and “the product of conventions and a certain kind...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2022, 7:59 pm (UTC)

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Terry Eagleton

Terry Eagleton’s “What is a Novel?” is the first part of his 1983 book Literary Theory: An Introduction, which is recognized as a landmark text in literary studies. The essay acknowledges the basic...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2020, 1:41 pm (UTC)

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In Literary Theory: an Introduction, when author Terry Eagleton talks about The Rise of English (see pg 22-24), he means the rise of teaching English literature as an academic subject (not the rise...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2009, 10:36 am (UTC)

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Terry Eagleton

In 'Introduction: "What Is Literature?"' Eagleton discusses the definitions of literature offered by various perspectives and synthesizes their various arguments to derive a definition of what...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2013, 10:10 am (UTC)

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This statement comes a few paragraphs from the end of Eagleton's essay, when he has been pointing out what an endlessly diverse form the novel is and how difficult it is to define as a form (which...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2020, 7:05 pm (UTC)

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The first step, of course, is to carefully read and understand Eagleton's "Introduction: What Is Literature" to Literary Theory: An Introduction. Without this, you cannot hope to find a quotation...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2013, 12:53 pm (UTC)

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