How to read literature

9788170463566

Seagull Books, 2016

Language: English

216 pages

Price INR 495.00
Book Club Price INR 372.00
SKU
LWB593
What makes a work of literature good or bad? How freely can the reader interpret it? Could a nursery rhyme like 'Baa Baa Black Sheep' be full of concealed loathing, resentment and aggression? Eagleton shows how to read with due attention to tone, rhythm, texture, syntax, allusion, ambiguity and other formal aspects of literary works. He also examines broader questions of character, plot, narrative, the creative imagination, the meaning of fictionality and the tension between what works of literature say and what they show. Unfailingly authoritative and cheerfully opinionated, he provides useful commentaries on classicism, Romanticism, modernism and postmodernism along with spellbinding insights into a huge range of authors, from William Shakespeare and Jane Austen to J. K. Rowling to Samuel Beckett and Jane Austen.

Terry Eagleton

Terry Eagleton (born 22 February 1943) is a prominent British literary theorist, critic and public intellectual. He is currently Distinguished Professor of English Literature at Lancaster University, Professor of Cultural Theory at the National University of Ireland and Distinguished Visiting Professor of English Literature at The University of Notre Dame. Eagleton has published over forty books, but remains best known for Literary Theory: An introduction (1983). The work elucidated the emerging literary theory of the period. He has also been a prominent critic of postmodernism, publishing works such as The Illusions of Postmodernism (1996).