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Eagleton, Terry, 1943-
The event of literature / Terry Eagleton
New Haven ; London : Yale University Press, c2012
book jacket
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 4th Floor  PN45 .E24 2012    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Literature -- Philosophy
Criticism
Literature -- History and criticism -- Theory, etc
Physical Description xii, 252 pages ; 22 cm
Summary "In this characteristically concise, witty, and lucid book, Terry Eagleton turns his attention to the questions we should ask about literature, but rarely do. What is literature? Can we even speak of "literature" at all? What do different literary theories tell us about what texts mean and do? In throwing new light on these and other questions he has raised in previous best-sellers, Eagleton offers a new theory of what we mean by literature. He also shows what it is that a great many different literary theories have in common. In a highly unusual combination of critical theory and analytic philosophy, the author sees all literary work, from novels to poems, as a strategy to contain a reality that seeks to thwart that containment, and in doing so throws up new problems that the work tries to resolve. The "event" of literature, Eagleton argues, consists in this continual transformative encounter, unique and endlessly repeatable. Freewheeling through centuries of critical ideas, he sheds light on the place of literature in our culture, and in doing so reaffirms the value and validity of literary thought today"-- Provided by publisher
Note Includes bibliographical references
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