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Eagleton Reader (Wiley Blackwell Readers) Paperback – 4 Feb 1998

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  • Paperback: 472 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1st Edition edition (4 Feb. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0631202498
  • ISBN-13: 978-0631202493
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,664,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Every student of English will be thankful to Regan for assembling this Reader. Useful essays frame each section and the collection as a whole serves as a splendid introduction to Eagleton′s work. His delightful wit and debunking similes make reading him fun, as well as necessary."
Gary Day, Times Higher Education Supplement "As this anthology makes clear, Eagleton′s work has been held together for nearly 20 years by a startling proposal for the reform of the academic syllabus."
"If the humanities are to be rescued from their current state of over–specialised torpor, then Eagleton′s work will be one of the main sources to which the reformers will turn." Morning Star

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In The Eagleton Reader, Stephen Regan presents a lively and judicious selection of Terry Eagleton′s essays, lectures and reviews, demonstrating the breadth and incisiveness of Eagleton′s critical judgements, his playful, ironic intelligence, and his provocative intervention in the cultural debates of the past thirty years. This Reader is a valuable introduction to Eagleton′s stimulating and entertaining work on modernism and postmodernism, nationalism and colonialism, aesthetics and ideology, cultural politics and sexual politics.

Eagleton′s brilliance as a literary critic is evident in essays on William Shakespeare, Thomas Hardy, W. B. Yeats, Oscar Wilde and Milan Kundera, while his more ruminative theoretical and philosophical writings are amply demonstrated in essays on Raymond Williams, Walter Benjamin, Arthur Schopenhauer and Ludwig Wittgenstein. The Reader includes a prefatory survey of its subject′s career, extensive introductions to each of the six sections of essays, and a comprehensive bibliography of writings by and about Terry Eagleton.

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Terry Eaglton's own career path has followed a similair dilectical trend to his Marxist espousal of history. Not seen as a particularly original thinker within the realms of cultural theory, he nevertheless has done more to popularize its existance through the almost mandatory assigning of his book 'Literary Theory' to every B.A. English course in Britain. Alienated within the cultural stagnation of Oxbridge for over 30 years, he gladly packed up his belongings and moved across the Irish Sea without a morsel of regret. His current position as Professor of Cultural Theory at the University of Manchester gives some indication of his own (and indeed academia's) shift from English Literature to theoretical discourse.
'The Eagleton Reader', edited by Stephen Regan was published in 1996 and so unfortunately doesn't cover Eagleton's more recent work in which he blurs the distinction between academic theorist and creative critic - I'm thinking of such books as 'The Truth About The Irish' and 'Figures of Dissent'-. 'The Eagleton Reader' gives a broad view of Eagleton's work from Catholic leftist of the 60's to postmodern debunker of the 90's. In terms of his own engaging style however, Terry really doesn't hit his stride until the 1980's. Most of the work featured here before that decade reads like the dry doctoral thesis of an industrious and serious-minded postgrad with a mundane enthusiasm for prefunctory Marxist criticism. Since 'Literary Theory' though, Eagleton has made a name for himself in relating cultural theories to everyday social and political practice and it is in this arena where he truely shines.
In 'Estrangement and Irony in the Fiction of Milan Kundera', he points out the paralysis of communist Eastern Europe, where paranoia about state survelliance reigns.
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