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Alter, Robert. “The Decline and Fall of Literary Criticism.” Commentary 77, No. 3 (March 1984): 50-6.

A negative review of Literary Theory, which Alter cites as an example of the wayward and irrelevant critical concerns of poststructuralist and Marxist literary theorists.

Lord, Timothy C. “A Paradigm Case of Polemical History: Terry Eagleton's The Ideology of the Aesthetic.Clio: A Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of History 22, No. 4 (Summer 1993): 337-56.

Delineates and analyzes the characteristics of “polemical history” through the example of Eagleton's The Ideology of the Aesthetic.

Additional coverage of Eagleton's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: Contemporary Authors, Vols. 57-60; Contemporary Authors New Revision Series, Vols. 7, 23, 68; and Major 20th-Century Writers, Editions 1, 2.

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