Critical Revolutionaries: Five Critics Who Changed the Way We Read


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Yale University Press
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5.75 X 8.59 X 1.22 inches | 1.02 pounds

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About the Author

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.


'That these influential critics have been on the verge of neglect goes without saying. Now Eagleton rescues them, noting their individual failures while celebrating their revolutionary brilliance. These critics still matter as we think about how a culture is formed and extended, valued and preserved. This book deserves a very wide audience.'--Jay Parini, author of Borges and Me

'Here are five expert pen portraits of the founding fathers of modern English literary criticism. Eagleton evokes their personalities and teases out their thought with all his characteristic judiciousness, asperity, and wit. The book is both a superb introduction to these great writers and an invitation to readers who think they know them already to pause and think about them again.'--Seamus Perry, University of Oxford

'A presentation of key critics who taught us that reading is both a technical skill and a vital human concern. Essential for those who want to understand why we still need literature in the days of Twitter and Instagram.'--Professor Maria Elisa Cevasco, University of São Paulo

'Critical Revolutionaries celebrates 'a vital tradition of literary criticism' that is in danger of neglect; Eagleton offers a stimulating introduction to those approaching the criticism of T. S. Eliot, I. A. Richards, William Empson, F. R Leavis and Raymond Williams for the first time, while making a forceful contribution to the critical tradition being constructed and analysed.'--Professor Daniel G. Williams, Swansea University