Bibliographic Details

The event of literature / Terry Eagleton.

Author / Creator Eagleton, Terry, 1943- author.
Imprint New Haven : Yale University Press, [2012]
Description 1 online resource (xii, 252 pages)
Language English
Subject Literature -- Philosophy.
Literature -- History and criticism -- Theory, etc.
LITERARY CRITICISM -- Books & Reading.
PHILOSOPHY -- Aesthetics.
LITERARY CRITICISM -- Semiotics & Theory.
Literature -- Philosophy.
Literature -- Theory, etc.
Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Format E-Resource, Book
URL for this record
ISBN 9780300182590
Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
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"--
Other form Print version: Eagleton, Terry, 1943- Event of literature. New Haven ; London : Yale University Press, ©2012 9780300178814