You can actually see how a truly great literary theorist approaches works of literature.
I would have been happy to read twice or three times as many pages, as long as they were as fun and educational as these two hundred.
Eagleton's ideas are more accessible when he focuses on particular characters, passages, or images.
Eagleton tries to redeem his utter failure in "Why Marx was Right" (*) by sprinkling highschool-level Marxist-type comments throughout "How to Read Literature" (**). Read morePublished 6 months ago by Alex P. Keaton
Nothing in this book, really, is presented as an absolutely authoritative expression of opinion or as a final judgment. The author neither bullies nor patronizes. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Pop Bop
This is a brilliant and delightful book about appreciating literature. Eagleton is a literary critic who brings a wealth of insight to his subject, and yet keeps his writing light... Read morePublished 9 months ago by K. Bunker
How to read literature? The author tells us really. He shows how to read,how to analyze and then also how to criticize. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Dr. Volker Hoeper
Terry Eagleton, wears his erudition lightly in rendering accessibie the historical and formal complexity of a wealth of life-giving literary working works. Have fun: buy it!Published 11 months ago by Lee Garner
How to Read Literature by Terry Eagleton explains different ways to use literary criticism in regards to openings, character, narrative, interpretation and value. Read morePublished 12 months ago by BookLover
What a romp! What fun! What wit! Thoroughly refreshed by it. Unexpected associations, and a rather droll account of bad writing at the ending!Published 13 months ago by W. D. Troughton
It seems to me that critiquing a book about literary criticism is somewhat akin to using a lathe to make another lathe. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Mary Lavers