Figures of Dissent by Terry Eagleton
Critical Essays on Fish, Spivak, Zizek and Others

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Playwright, literary theorist, fine analyst of the works of Shakespeare, the Brontes, Swift and Joyce, scourge of postmodernism, autobiographer...Terry Eagleton’s achievements are many and his combative intelligence widely admired and respected. His skill as a reviewer is particularly notable: never content merely to assess the ideas of a writer and the theses of a book, Eagleton, in his inimitable and often wickedly funny style, always paints a vivid theoretical and political fresco as the background to his engagement with the texts.

In this collection of more than a decade of such bracing criticism, Eagleton comes face to face with Stanley Fish, Gayatri Spivak, Slavoj Žižek, Edward Said, and even David Beckham. All are subjected to his pugnacious wit, scathing critical pen, and brilliant literary investigations.

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Terry Eagleton is Professor of Cultural Theory and John Rylands Fellow, University of Manchester. His other books include Ideology; The Function of Criticism; Heathcliff and the Great Hunger; Against the Grain; Walter Benjamin; and Criticism and Ideology, all from Verso.
Published May 1, 2003 by Verso. 272 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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As Eagleton puts it when writing about political theorist Norberto Bobbio,""the political left has always had trouble with ethics, in theory as well as in practice."" In Eagleton, readers on the left and the right have a passionate and subtle thinker providing a provisional path through the ethic...

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