Terry Eagleton is best known as a literary and cultural critic; his sharp pen and sharper wit combined with his erudite Marxist theory to take the Anglo-British academic world by storm. 631 more words
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Can We Get Beyond Language to A Material Reality? Eagleton’s Marxist Critique of Postmodernism and the Politically Correct Left
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The Young-Hegelian ideologists, in spite of their allegedly “world-shattering” statements, are the staunchest conservatives. The most recent of them have found the correct expression for their activity when they declare they are only fighting against “phrases”.
Christianity had already been processed by the Victorian sensibility in a way which made this situation inevitable. The growing dislocation of fact and feeling in Victorian society meant a division between religion and theology; the former was fostered as a body of humane and safely generalised feeling, the latter suspected as rigid dogma. 46 more words
Another, vital, contradiction can be found in a basic attitude to the working classes among middle-class Christians. The working class could be seen both as dirty, debauched criminals, and as immortal souls needing salvation; each attitude existed in terms of the other, since the working class were debauched because they were not saved, and proclaimed their need of salvation by being in this depraved condition. 206 more words