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No better guide for Literary Theory.
on 20 November 2008
Though it's been a while since I was at Uni I still clearly remember how awful the prospect of studying Lit Theory was. Not only were the lectures dull, most of it hardly seemed to make sense and had no real bearing on world. However, this book single handedly changed all of that for me. Simple and clear, Eagleton lays bare the major theories including strucuralism, semiotics, post-structuralism and everyone's favourite: psychoanalysis.
In particular I would recommend this book to anyone trying to get to grips with post-structuralism. If you've ever tried to read Derrida you'll know that it is the most impossible thing in the world (there is many a lecturer who won't touch it). However, a couple of read throughs of Eagleton and you'll be a master.
Seriously, anyone even thinking about starting on Lit Theory get this book now. It's a life saver and a life changer.