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Eagleton: Literary Critic – Literature or Criticism?

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Splitting himself three ways, between religious writing, literary criticism and socialist liberation appeals, Terry Eagleton, the "High Priest of Lit-Crit", is a particularly buoyant Marxist Romantic. His critical words are legend, his well-articulated thumbnail vignettes in the Sunday editions capable of pinning the most effete authors to the breakfast tables of the finest English manors. In the past twenty years, he has published more than fifty book reviews and critical essays in both the Guardian and the LRB, which is but the tip of the iceberg; because of the overtly polemic style of his positions, he also generates an enormous volume of rejoinders and idiomatic online response. Eagleton fixed his sites on "English", not just about the language as an expression of class, but the language as a way to shape people to better cohere with the ways of a class dominating society.

Keywords: British humor; literary critic; polemic style; religious writing; socialist liberation; Terry Eagleton



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