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Quote of the day, Feb. 2

Terry Eagleton, on novels

“If the masses are not thrown a few novels, they may react by throwing up a few barricades.”



And Yet...

There’s apparently a new collection of Christopher Hitchens essays out (most likely the last we’ll ever see), and here’s a review of it in The Guardian… 269 more words

Covering the Basics: "The English Novel--An Introduction."

The English Novel- An Introduction” by Terry Eagleton

By British literary critic Terry Eagleton, The English Novel—an Introduction is much more than simply an introduction, though he does limit its scope to the canonical writers. 786 more words

On Writers And Writing

Morals vs. Moralism

Terry Eagleton once remarked that Marx made “the characteristically bourgeois mistake of confusing morality with moralism” (After Theory, 143).  For many on the left, morals, being good, let alone following the Good, should have nothing to do with economics and politics. 478 more words

— Terry Eagleton, Literary Theory: An Introduction


I hope my bookshelves don't collapse

Hope without Optimism, Terry Eagleton, Yale University Press.

The imprecision of the English language means that we can say both ‘I hope I get a piece of that chocolate cake’ and ‘I hope injustices will be righted at the end of time’. 1,392 more words

Disenchantment is also a disempowerment

One of the best books of the year to come across my desk was Steve Fraser’s The Age of Acquiescence: The Life and Death of American Resistance to Organized Wealth and Power… 756 more words

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