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By Terry Eagleton

In this frequently concise, witty, and lucid booklet, Terry Eagleton turns his consciousness to the questions we should always ask approximately literature, yet infrequently do. what's literature? will we even communicate of "literature" in any respect? What do diverse literary theories let us know approximately what texts suggest and do? In throwing new gentle on those and different questions he has raised in past best-sellers, Eagleton bargains a brand new thought of what we suggest via literature. He additionally exhibits what it really is nice many various literary theories have in common.

In a hugely strange blend of severe thought and analytic philosophy, the writer sees all literary paintings, from novels to poems, as a technique to include a fact that seeks to thwart that containment, and in doing so throws up new difficulties that the paintings attempts to solve. The "event" of literature, Eagleton argues, is composed during this continuous transformative come across, designated and forever repeatable. Freewheeling via centuries of serious principles, he sheds gentle at the position of literature in our tradition, and in doing so reaffirms the price and validity of literary inspiration today.

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