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5.0 out of 5 stars A solid introduction to a complex subject, September 26, 2000
This review is from: Literary Theory: An Introduction Second Edition (Paperback)
How anyone could read this book and come out thinking Terry Eagleton is an ivory-tower elitist is a mystery to me. And while he's undeniably a Marxist, he speaks English as though it were his first language. That's more than you can say for far too many literary theoreticians, Marxist or otherwise. For me, Eagleton's great strength is that he approaches literary theory as a process, an ongoing argument, rather than as a body revealed truth writ in stone. The virtue of this approach is that literary theory is, in fact, an ongoing argument. If you want the word from the mountain, this may not be the book for you; but if you genuinely want to acquaint yourself with the subject, it's a good place to start.
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