The Eagleton Reader

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Think of World War II naval commanders in the Pacific and certain names come to mind: Chester Nimitz, Raymond Spruance, William "Bull" Halsey. Their accomplishments have been well documented by historians and filmmakers. Yet there is another, more controversial commander among their ranks who has been largely overlooked - until now. In Bitter Tempest tells the story of Admiral Frank Jack Fletcher, who led U.S. forces at Wake, Coral Sea, Guadalcanal, and the Eastern Solomons. It is the first book to be written ...
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Overview

Think of World War II naval commanders in the Pacific and certain names come to mind: Chester Nimitz, Raymond Spruance, William "Bull" Halsey. Their accomplishments have been well documented by historians and filmmakers. Yet there is another, more controversial commander among their ranks who has been largely overlooked - until now. In Bitter Tempest tells the story of Admiral Frank Jack Fletcher, who led U.S. forces at Wake, Coral Sea, Guadalcanal, and the Eastern Solomons. It is the first book to be written specifically to give Fletcher's perspective, using previously unreviewed personal papers along with numerous naval documents and records, some of which were formerly classified material. Fletcher's time at sea during World War II is set forth in vivid detail, from exciting victories to communications foul-ups to the tragic sinking of his command vessel, the U.S.S. Yorktown. Did Fletcher make errors in judgment, as some of his critics have claimed, or was he primarily a victim of internal politics within the military? This volume helps clarify the issue. The biography chronicles Fletcher's life as a loyal career naval officer, starting with his childhood as scion of a locally prominent family in Marshalltown, Iowa, and including his attendance at the U.S. Naval Academy, where Nimitz, Spruance, and Halsey were among his classmates; his exemplary service at Vera Cruz and in World War I; and his assignments in Asia and in Washington, D.C., throughout the 1920s and 1930s, which allowed him to see firsthand the rise of Japan that brought the nation into World War II. The author also offers insights into the wartime U.S.-Russia Lend-Lease program in which Fletcher played unheralded but important roles as diplomat and supervisor. As Commander of North Pacific Forces, Fletcher efficiently ran army, navy, and army-airforce operations against the Japanese, while training Russian forces to take over U.S. ships. Japanese forces in the northern islands of Japan surrende
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Editorial Reviews

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631202493
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/12/1998
  • Series: Wiley Blackwell Readers Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 472
  • Sales rank: 1,049,325
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Regan is a Lecturer in Literature at the Open University and was formerly tutor at Ruskin College, Oxford. Founding editor of The Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory, published by Blackwell for the English Association, he is also editor of The Politics of Pleasure: Aesthetics and Cultural Theory (1992). He also teaches Modern Irish Literature and Critical Theory for the Department of Continuing Education at Oxford University.

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Table of Contents

Preface.

Acknowledgements.

Part I: Literary Criticism.

Introduction.

1. The Novels of D. H. Lawrence.

2. Nature and the Fall in Hopkins: A Reading of 'God's Grandeur' (1973).

3. Thomas Hardy and Jude the Obscure (1974).

4. Wuthering Heights (1975).

5. Shakespeare and the Letter of the Law (1986).

6. Tony Harrison's V (1986).

7. Estrangement and Irony in the Fiction of Milan Kundera (1987).

Part II: Cultural Politics/Sexual Politics.

Introduction.

8. The Idea of a Common Culture (1967).

9. Tennyson: Politics and Sexuality in The Princess and In Memoriam (1978).

10. The Rape of Clarissa (1982).

11. The Crisis in Contemporary Culture (1992).

12. Body Work (1993).

Part III: Marxism and Critical Theory.

Introduction.

13. Ideology and Literary Form (1976).

14. Walter Benjamin: Towards a Revolutionary Criticism (1981).

15. Human Rights and Deconstruction (1992).

16. Ideology (1994).

17. Marxist Literary Theory (1995).

18. Marxism without Marxism: Jacques Derrida and Specters of Marx (1995).

Part IV: Modernism and Postmodernism.

Introduction.

19. The End of English (1987).

20. Modernism, Myth, and Monopoly Capitalism (1989).

21. Defending the Free World (1990).

22. The Right and the Good: Postmodernism and the Liberal State (1994).

Part V: Friends and Philosophers.

Introduction.

23. Resources for a Journey of Hope: Raymond Williams (1989).

24. The Death of Desire: Arthur Schopenhauer (1990).

25. My Wittgenstein (1994).

Part VI: Ireland's Own.

Introduction.

26. History and Myth in Yeats's 'Easter' 1916 (1971).

27. Nationalism: Irony and Commitment (1988).

28. Saint Oscar (1989).

29. Unionism and Utopia: The Cure at Troy by Seamus Heaney (1991).

30. Heathcliff and the Great Hunger (1995).

The Ballad of Marxist Criticism.

Bibliography.

Index.

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