Criticism and Ideology: A Study in Marxist Literary Theory

Criticism and Ideology: A Study in Marxist Literary Theory


By (author) Terry Eagleton

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  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 211mm x 18mm | 227g
  • Publication date: 31 August 2006
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1844670805
  • ISBN 13: 9781844670802
  • Edition: Revised
  • Edition statement: Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 213,311

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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 relationship between Marxism and literary criticism. Ranging across the key works of Raymond Williams, Lenin, Trostsky, Brecht, Adorno, Benjamin, Lukacs and Sartre, he develops a nuanced critique of traditional literary criticism, while producing a compelling theoretical account of ideology. Eagleton uses this perspective to offer fascinating analyses of canonical writers, including George Eliot, Charles Dickens, Joseph Conrad, Henry James, T.S. Eliot, W.B. Yeats, James Joyce and D.H. Lawrence. However, he distances himself from a simplistic application of Marxist categories and shows how ideology can play a productive and subversive role in their work.

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Terry Eagleton is Professor of Cultural Theory and John Rylands Fellow, University of Manchester. Among his many books are Figures of Dissent, After Theory, Holy Terror and Literary Theory: An Introduction.

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"The author's most remarkable volume."--"Choice""Eagleton is second to none among cultural critics writing in the English language today."--"The Guardian""Eagleton is a combative, fiercely articulate and witty Marxist literary critic."--"The Nation""Eagleton is informative, witty and wise."--"Times Higher Education Supplement""Genuinely illuminating."--"Time Out"