The novel emerged, McKeon contends, as a cultural instrument designed to engage the epistemological and social crises of the age.
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Sort order. Jul 29, Kathleen rated it it was amazing. The act of writing crosses the border between subjective and objective. The novel is one of the few objects in a reified society which manifests in its every objective detail the subjective freedom in which it was born. In this sense, its very existence can be seen as an imaginary solution to the social problems which it poses. Sep 09, Burcu added it. This book has proven a helpful short-cut in preparing my 'introduction to the novel' course, especially on books and writers that I haven't dealt with before.
Its general introduction is a rather good one as well.
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Note to self, chapters: 1- What is a novel? Feb 19, Beatrix rated it it was amazing Shelves: nonfiction , lit-classes , read-in , anglistika. With so many literary critics out there, it's hard to offer anything new, is it? Well, Terry Eagleton does exactly that.
An Introduction To The English Novel
I like to say Eagleton is a breath of fresh air in the literary criticism. With each chapter he makes us question and observe things from another perspective. Dec 08, Shashank Singh rated it it was ok Shelves: british-literature , literary-criticism , non-fiction , literature , terry-eagleton.
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If it was called a Marxist theory of the English novel, I might give it 3 stars. Terry Eagleton's insights are pretty much exhausted in the first 50 pages, after which it's simply a repetitive and shallow reduction of writers to social forces. Thus for example the socially reductive reading [most of which is a lot more telling of Terry Eagleton's views then anything to do with If it was called a Marxist theory of the English novel, I might give it 3 stars.
Thus for example the socially reductive reading [most of which is a lot more telling of Terry Eagleton's views then anything to do with the novelists] of novelists could as eaily apply to 's of other writers. I like Eagleton's style, but I think I'll stick to his books on theory and culture. He doesn't seem to have much real sympathy for literature or art.
Odd considering he is often called[including by himself] a literary critic. May 14, Gloria De Martin rated it it was ok. L'autore si sofferma per pagine interminabili sul contesto sociale in cui operarono i vari scrittori, riservando poi troppo poco spazio alla loro vita e alle loro opere. Mi sembra anche semplicistico ridurre la produzione letteraria a un mero specchio dell'ambiente storico-sociale dell'autore, quando i fattori in gioco sono invece molteplici.
Sep 04, William rated it it was amazing. The book as its name implies is an introduction to the English Novel, specifically the canonical British writers with whom the literary establishment is concerned. Eagleton is an erudite and prolific scholar and his ability to manage the sweep and scope of the novel over the last two centuries is no less than remarkable.
Eagleton's book focuses on the writers and not individual works. He does not shy away from psychological, political or social analyses of these writers, and their relationship t The book as its name implies is an introduction to the English Novel, specifically the canonical British writers with whom the literary establishment is concerned.
He does not shy away from psychological, political or social analyses of these writers, and their relationship to their epoch. He makes note of their shameful politics while celebrating their literary accomplishments.
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In reading the introduction I was excited to find historical explanations of some of the terms that were liberally used at the June residency: those nebulous, monosyllabic terms that most aspiring writers have heard of but which often elude simply definition. In recounting the changes the novel has gone through as a social and historical construct, Eagleton elucidates the development of some now commonplace conventions of craft.
Oct 03, Michael Arnold rated it it was ok Shelves: non-fiction. This was alright. There were a lot of great insights into some books, I'll admit I didn't read every word of it - but and may have skipped more than a few of the paragraphs talking about books I've not read yet. I feel this is like a pool you can dip in to more than a book you read cover to cover anyway. The introduction was highly theoretical, and then when Eagleton goes on to talk about writers and their works it becomes much easier to read - just it has an ideological slant some people may no This was alright. The introduction was highly theoretical, and then when Eagleton goes on to talk about writers and their works it becomes much easier to read - just it has an ideological slant some people may not care for.
I suppose that's a big plus, and a big minus of this book.
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Oct 17, Doug Warren rated it really liked it. As far as an academic text is concerned, this was really entertaining. It was full of humor and pop culture references that you were not expecting. And none of the Marxist theory that you expect from Eagleton was present. It was just an all together good book. Jul 30, Jessica rated it really liked it. What can I say? I like Terry Eagleton.