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Nationalism, Colonialism, and Literature (Terry Eagleton, Fredric Jameson, Edward Said)

Nationalism, Colonialism and Literature - cvr“The three essays presented here have in common with one another and with the Field Day enterprise the conviction that we need a new discourse for a new relationship between our idea of the human subject and our idea of human communities. (from the introduction by Seamus Deane)

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Ideology: An Introduction (Terry Eagleton)

ideology_intro“Nobody has yet come up with a single adequate definition of ideology, and this book will be no exception. This is not because workers in the field are remarkable for their low intelligence, but because the term ‘ideology’ has a whole range of useful meanings. not all of which are compatible with each other. To try to compress this wealth of meaning into a single comprehensive definition would thus be unhelpful even if it were possible. The word ‘ideology’. one might say, is a text, woven of a whole tissue of different conceptual strands; it is traced through by divergent histories. and it is probably more important to assess what is valuable or can be discarded in each of these lineages than to merge them forcibly into some Grand Global Theory.” (from What is Ideology?)

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Why Marx Was Right (Terry Eagleton)

marx_was_right-cvr“This book had its origin in a single, striking thought: What if all the most familiar objections to Marx’s work are mistaken? Or at least, if not totally wrongheaded, mostly so? This is not to suggest that Marx never put a foot wrong. I am not of that leftist breed that piously proclaims that everything is open to criticism, and then, when asked to produce three major criticisms of Marx, lapses into truculent silence. That I have my own doubts about some of his ideas should be clear enough from this book. But he was right enough of the time about enough important issues to make calling oneself a Marxist a reasonable self description…” (taken from the book’s Preface)

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Literary Theory: An Introduction (Terry Eagleton)

eagleton-literary-theory-cvr“This book sets out to provide a reasonably comprehensive account of modern literary theory for those with little or no previous knowledge of the topic. Though such a project obviously involves omissions and oversimplifications, I have tried to popularize, rather than vulgarize, the subject. Since there is in my opinion no ‘neutral’, value-free way of presenting it, I have argued throughout a particular case, which I hope adds to the book’s interest.” (from the book’s Preface
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How to Read a Poem (Terry Eagleton)

“This book is designed as an introduction to poetry for students and general readers. I have tried to make what some find an intimidating subject as lucid and accessible as possible; but some bits of the book are inevitably harder going than others. Less experienced readers might therefore prefer to start with Chapter 4 (‘In Pursuit of Form’), Chapter 5 (‘How To Read A Poem’) and Chapter 6 (‘Four Nature Poems’), before moving on to the more theoretical chapters. Even so, I think the book makes more sense if it is read from start to finish.” (from the book’s Preface)

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