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Criticism and Ideology: A Study in Marxist Literary Theory

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Terry Eagleton is one of the most important—and most radical—theorists writing today. His witty and acerbic attacks on contemporary culture and society are read and enjoyed by many, and his studies of literature are regarded as classics of contemporary criticism.

In this new edition of his groundbreaking treatise on literary theory, Eagleton seeks to develop a sophisticated
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Paperback, New Edition, 191 pages
Published August 17th 2006 by Verso (first published 1976)
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Alan Scott
Aug 14, 2009 Alan Scott rated it liked it
I came to this book after having the circuitry of my brain rearranged by Fredric Jameson's mind altering expositions of dialectial criticism in both "Marxism and Form" and "The Political Unconscious." I was hoping that Terry Eagleton's text would be a schrewd and scalpel precise break down of a Marxist literary theoretical model of ideological critique, and a worthy companion piece to the Jameson texts. Sadly, I finished this book pretty disappointed.

Here's the deal -- this was written in '76 a
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El Zuco
Mar 22, 2011 El Zuco rated it liked it
Pretty dry in parts and the section on English literary history and Raymond Williams was illuminating but I thought a bit too localised for an otherwise broader evaluation of various concepts involved in Marxist literary/materialist criticism (though it does make sense that he would focus on the history of British Marxist criticism and national literary production); overall I had to give it a few stars because there are some great theoretical (but often excessively technical and jargon-ridden) ...more
Tom L
Jan 11, 2015 Tom L rated it it was amazing
a very early eagleton book. only a glimmer of the light and easy style he would later become known for. reads essentially as an attempt to revamp the work of raymond williams by re-reading the touchstones of his cultural criticism through an althusserian lens. some early references in the book to freud's interpretation of dreams anticipate certain parts of jameson's the political unconscious, which this book predates. its althusserian heuristic seems a bit dated now, but it is still rewarding. ...more
Umut E. B. (Kareler ve Sayfalar)
Okuması kesinlikle çok zevkli bir kitap; Marksist edebibyat eleştirisi, İngiliz edebiyatı konusunda uzman olan Terry Eagleton'ın fikirleri, değerlendirmeleri ve doğal olarak ağırlıklı şekilde İngiliz edebiyatının materyalist eleştirisi ilginizi çekiyorsa, kitabı atlamayın derim. Yazının tamamı ise her zamanki gibi blog'da.
Marilena
Mar 08, 2010 Marilena rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It's not only that Eagleton has a very difficult to understand style of presenting his ideas, style that made me read pages even three times...but...my conclusion is that I and Marxist theories are incompatible. I would see things toooo differently.
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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 ...more
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