"Critical Revolutionaries" by Terry Eagleton

Critical Revolutionaries Terry Eagleton

Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
26 Apr 2022
ISBN:
9780300264487
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
288 pages: 235 x 156mm

Before the First World War, traditional literary scholarship was isolated from society at large. In the years following, a younger generation of critics came to the fore. Their work represented a reaction to the impoverishment of language in a commercial, utilitarian society increasingly under the sway of film, advertising, and the popular press. For them, literary criticism was a way of diagnosing social ills and had a vital moral function to perform.
 
Terry Eagleton reflects on the lives and work of T. S. Eliot, I. A. Richards, Walter Empson, F. R. Leavis, and Raymond Williams, and explores a vital tradition of literary criticism that today is in danger of being neglected. These five critics rank among the most original and influential of modern times, and represent one of the most remarkable intellectual formations in twentieth-century Britain. This was a period of change, experimentation, and the heyday of literary modernism—the bravura of which spurred on developments in critical theory.

Terry Eagleton is Distinguished Visiting Professor of English Literature at Lancaster University, and the author of more than fifty books in the fields of literary theory, postmodernism, politics, ideology, and religion.