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The Event of Literature Hardcover – May 29, 2012
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"The Event of Literature provides an engaging overview of the key questions regarding the nature of literature and of the various answers provided by literary theory."—Liana Giorgi, New York Journal of Books (Liana Giorgi New York Journal of Books)
An influential literary critic explores anew the discipline to which he has devoted his career, reconsidering previous stances while offering fresh takes on much-studied books and literary theories. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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As my title indicates, Eagleton frequently argues with the critics he quotes, pointing out their absurdities, omissions, contradictions, etc., which is certainly a valuable work. That includes the YOUNGER Terry Eagleton: while he still thinks literature has no "essence," he has come to believe that literary writing has some or all of these five characteristics -- it is fictional; it has moral content; it uses figurative language; it is not practical; and it is highly valued as writing.
Also insightful (to me) was his contention that what an author means as fiction may be read as true, and vice versa. It warmed my heart on page 110 to read that Frank McCourt's Angela's Ashes can be read (primarily IS READ now) as FICTION. I ALWAYS thought it was! I NEVER believed actual people could live in conditions that degrading, sordid and abusive.