Terry Eagleton





Terry Eagleton

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Widely regarded as Britain's most influential living literary critic & theorist, Dr Eagleton currently serves as Distinguished Prof. of English Literature at the Univ. of Lancaster & as Visiting Prof. at the Nat'l Univ. of Ireland, Galway. He was Thomas Warton Prof. of English Literature at the Univ. of Oxford ('92-01) & John Edward Taylor Prof. of English Literature at the Univ. of Manchester 'til '08. He returned to The Univ. of Notre Dame in the Fall '09 semester as Distinguished Visitor in the English Dep't.
He's written over 40 books, including Literary Theory: An Introduction ('83); The Ideology of the Aesthetic ('90) & The Illusions of Postmodernism ('96).
He delivered Yale's '08 Terry Lectures & gave a Gifford Lec...more


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Terry Eagleton raises an eyebrow at reflections on Lent from 'one of the country's moralists-in-chief'

One of the great calamities of Ireland, to be ranked alongside Jedward and the potato famine, is that St Patrick's Day falls in Lent. Since a good many ofthe Irish give up alcohol for Lent, yetdrinking on the national feast day is more or less compulsory, this poses adilemma which not even the...

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Why Marx Was Right
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After Theory
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The Meaning of Life
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Ideology: An Introduction
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On Evil
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How to Read a Poem
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“A socialist is just someone who is unable to get over his or her astonishment that most people who have lived and died have spent lives of wretched, fruitless, unremitting toil.”
Terry Eagleton, Ideology: An Introduction

“After all, if you do not resist the apparently inevitable, you will never know how inevitable the inevitable was.”
Terry Eagleton, Why Marx Was Right

“What we have witnessed in our own time is the death of universities as centres of critique. Since Margaret Thatcher, the role of academia has been to service the status quo, not challenge it in the name of justice, tradition, imagination, human welfare, the free play of the mind or alternative visions of the future. We will not change this simply by increasing state funding of the humanities as opposed to slashing it to nothing. We will change it by insisting that a critical reflection on human values and principles should be central to everything that goes on in universities, not just to the study of Rembrandt or Rimbaud.”
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