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Read online Literary Theory: An Introduction.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Literary Theory: An Introduction Written in this work appeared as Professor Eagleton explains at the watershed of two very different decades It could not anticipate what was to come after neither could it grasp what had happened in literary theory in the light of where it was to lead by Terry Eagleton

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Literary Theory: An Introduction
Title:Literary Theory: An Introduction
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Number of Pages:248
Category:Non fiction, Literary criticism, Theory, Philosophy, Criticism, Literature
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After Theory, How to Read a Poem, Reason, Faith, and Revolution: Reflections on the God Debate, Literary Theory: An Introduction, On Evil, How to Read Literature, Ideology: An Introduction, The Meaning of Life, Marxism and Literary Criticism, Why Marx Was Right
In this witty accessible study the prominent Marxist thinker Terry Eagleton launches a surprising defense of the reality of evil drawing on literary theological and psychoanalytic sources to suggest that evil no mere medieval artifact is a real phenomenon with palpable force in our contemporary world br br In a book that ranges from St Augustine to alcoholism Thomas Aquinas to Thomas Mann Shakespeare to the Holocaust Eagleton investigates the frightful plight of those doomed souls who apparently destroy for no reason In the process he poses a set of intriguing questions Is evil really a kind of nothingness Why should it appear so glamorous and seductive Why does goodness seem so boring Is it really possible for human beings to delight in destruction for no reason at all, Written in this work appeared as Professor Eagleton explains at the watershed of two very different decades It could not anticipate what was to come after neither could it grasp what had happened in literary theory in the light of where it was to lead, What makes a work of literature good or bad How freely can the reader interpret it Could a nursery rhyme like Baa Baa Black Sheep be full of concealed loathing resentment and aggression In this accessible delightfully entertaining book Terry Eagleton addresses these intriguing questions and a host of others How to Read Literature is the book of choice for students new to the study of literature and for all other readers interested in deepening their understanding and enriching their reading experience In a series of brilliant analyses Eagleton shows how to read with due attention to tone rhythm texture syntax allusion ambiguity and other formal aspects of literary works He also examines broader questions of character plot narrative the creative imagination the meaning of fictionality and the tension between what works of literature say and what they show Unfailingly authoritative and cheerfully opinionated the author provides useful commentaries on classicism Romanticism modernism and postmodernism along with spellbinding insights into a huge range of authors from Shakespeare and Jane Austen to Samuel Beckett and J K Rowling, The phrase the meaning of life for many seems a quaint notion fit for satirical mauling by Monty Python or Douglas Adams But in this spirited em Very Short Introduction em famed critic Terry Eagleton takes a serious if often amusing look at the question and offers his own surprising answer br Eagleton first examines how centuries of thinkers and writers from Marx and Schopenhauer to Shakespeare Sartre and Beckett have responded to the ultimate question of meaning He suggests however that it is only in modern times that the question has become problematic But instead of tackling it head on many of us cope with the feelings of meaninglessness in our lives by filling them with everything from football to sex Kabbala Scientology New Age softheadedness or fundamentalism On the other hand Eagleton notes many educated people believe that life is an evolutionary accident that has no intrinsic meaning If our lives have meaning it is something with which we manage to invest them not something with which they come ready made Eagleton probes this view of meaning as a kind of private enterprise and concludes that it fails to holds up He argues instead that the meaning of life is not a solution to a problem but a matter of living in a certain way It is not metaphysical but ethical It is not something separate from life but what makes it worth living that is a certain quality depth abundance and intensity of life br Here then is a brilliant discussion of the problem of meaning by a leading thinker who writes with a light and often irreverent touch but with a very serious end in mind br strong About the Series strong Combining authority with wit accessibility and style strong Very Short Introductions strong offer an introduction to some of life s most interesting topics Written by experts for the newcomer they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics from philosophy to Freud quantum theory to Islam