The Task of the Critic: Terry Eagleton in Dialogue

Overview

A literary theorist, novelist and playwright, Terry Eagleton is also a committed socialist who operates unconstrained by the contemporary Zeitgeist. Over the last forty years his public interventions have enlivened an otherwise bland and conformist culture. His pen, as many colleagues in the academy-including Harold Bloom, Gayatri Spivak and Homi Bhabha-have learnt, is merciless and unsparing. As a critic Eagleton has not shied away from confronting the high priests of native conformity, is highlighted by his ...

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Overview

A literary theorist, novelist and playwright, Terry Eagleton is also a committed socialist who operates unconstrained by the contemporary Zeitgeist. Over the last forty years his public interventions have enlivened an otherwise bland and conformist culture. His pen, as many colleagues in the academy-including Harold Bloom, Gayatri Spivak and Homi Bhabha-have learnt, is merciless and unsparing. As a critic Eagleton has not shied away from confronting the high priests of native conformity, is highlighted by his coruscating polemic against Martin Amis on the issue of civil liberties and religion.

This comprehensive volume of interviews covers both his life and the development of his thought and politics. Lively and insightful, they will appeal not only to those with an interest in Eagleton himself, but to all those interested in the evolution of radical politics, modernism, cultural theory, the history of ideas, sociology, semantic inquiry and the state of Marxist theory.

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Editorial Reviews

Guardian
“Second to none among cultural critics writing in the English language today.”
The Nation
“A combative, fiercely articulate and witty Marxist literary critic.”
Times Higher Education Supplement
“Eagleton is informative, witty and wise.”
From the Publisher
“Second to none among cultural critics writing in the English language today.”—Guardian

“A combative, fiercely articulate and witty Marxist literary critic.”—The Nation

“Eagleton is informative, witty and wise.”—Times Higher Education Supplement

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844673391
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 12/8/2009
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Terry Eagleton is Professor of Cultural Theory and John Rylands Fellow, University of Manchester. His other books include Ideology; The Function of Criticism; Heathcliff and the Great Hunger; Against the Grain; Walter Benjamin; and Criticism and Ideology, all from Verso.

Matthew Beaumont is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at University College London. He is the author of Utopia Ltd.: Ideologies of Social Dreaming in England 1870–1900 (2005), and the co-author, with Terry Eagleton, of The Task of the Critic: Terry Eagleton in Dialogue (2009). He has edited or co-edited several collections of essays: As Radical as Reality Itself: Essays on Marxism and Art for the 21st Century; The Railway and Modernity: Time, Space, and the Machine Ensemble; Adventures in Realism; and Restless Cities. He is currently writing a book about nightwalking in cities, Midnight Streets.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Introduction Matthew Beaumont xi

1 Salford/Cambridge 1

2 New Left/Church 29

3 Individual/Society 65

4 Politics/Aesthetics 101

5 Criticism/Ideology 130

6 Marxism/Feminism 151

7 Theory/Practice 191

8 Oxford/Dublin 219

9 Culture/Civilization 247

10 Death/Love 276

Conclusion 305

Bibliography 315

Index 333

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