The Event of Literature

The Event of Literature

Terry Eagleton


In this commonly concise, witty, and lucid publication, Terry Eagleton turns his recognition to the questions we should always ask approximately literature, yet hardly do. what's literature? do we even communicate of "literature" in any respect? What do assorted literary theories let us know approximately what texts suggest and do? In throwing new mild on those and different questions he has raised in earlier best-sellers, Eagleton bargains a brand new thought of what we suggest by means of literature. He additionally indicates what it truly is nice many various literary theories have in common.

In a hugely strange mixture of severe idea and analytic philosophy, the writer sees all literary paintings, from novels to poems, as a technique to include a truth that seeks to thwart that containment, and in doing so throws up new difficulties that the paintings attempts to solve. The "event" of literature, Eagleton argues, is composed during this continuous transformative come upon, targeted and forever repeatable. Freewheeling via centuries of severe rules, he sheds mild at the position of literature in our tradition, and in doing so reaffirms the worth and validity of literary inspiration today.

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