Terry Eagleton Quotes

Terry Eagleton Quotes: With fiction, you can talk about plot, character and narrative, whereas a poem brings home the fact that everything that happens in a work of literature happens in terms of language. And this is daunting stuff to deal with.
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Terry Eagleton Quote: I do not know whether to be delighted or outraged by the fact that Literary Theory: An Introduction was the subject of a study by a well known U.S. business school, which was intrigued to discover how an academic text could become a best-seller.
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Quotes about Terry Eagleton: Literature transforms and intensifies ordinary language, deviates systematically from everyday speech.
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Quote about Terry Eagleton: It is in Rousseau's writing above all that history begins to turn from upper-class honour to middle-class humanitarianism. Pity, sympathy and compassion lie at the centre of his moral vision. Values associated with the feminine begin to infiltrate social existence as a whole, rather than being confined to the domestic sphere.
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Terry Eagleton Sayings: Because subjects like literature and art history have no obvious material pay-off, they tend to attract those who look askance at capitalist notions of utility. The idea of doing something purely for the delight of it has always rattled the grey-bearded guardians of the state. Sheer pointlessness has always been a deeply subversive affair.
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Terry Eagleton Saying: Imagine someone holding forth on biology whose only knowledge of the subject is 'The Book of British Birds,' and you have a rough idea of what it feels like to read Richard Dawkins on theology.
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Sayings about Terry Eagleton: Capitalism cannot survive without a working class, while the working class can flourish a lot more freely without capitalism.
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Saying about Terry Eagleton: All propaganda or popularization involves a putting of the complex into the simple, but such a move is instantly not constructive. For if the complex can be put into the simple, then it cannot be as complex as it seemed in the first place; and if the simple can be an adequate medium of such complexity, then it cannot after all be as simple as all that.
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Terry Eagleton Quotes: You can tell that the capitalist system is in trouble when people start talking about capitalism.
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Terry Eagleton Quote: The role of the intellectual, so it is said, is to speak truth to power. Noam Chomsky has dismissed this pious tag on two grounds. For one thing, power knows the truth already; it is just busy trying to conceal it. For another, it is not those in power who need the truth, but those they oppress.
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Quotes about Terry Eagleton: It is language which speaks in literature, in all its swarming 'polysemic' plurality, not the author himself.
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Quote about Terry Eagleton: There is an insuperable problem about introducing immigrants to British values. There are no British values. Nor are there any Serbian or Peruvian values. No nation has a monopoly on fairness and decency, justice and humanity.
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Terry Eagleton Sayings: Any attempt to define literary theory in terms of a distinctive method is doomed to failure.
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Terry Eagleton Saying: If there are indeed any iron laws of history, one of them is surely that in any major crisis of the capitalist system, a sector of the liberal middle class will shift to the left, and then shift smartly back again once the crisis has blown over.
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Sayings about Terry Eagleton: Schizophrenic language has in this sense an interesting resemblance to poetry.
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Saying about Terry Eagleton: Post-structuralism is among other things a kind of theoretical hangover from the failed uprising of '68, a way of keeping the revolution warm at the level of language, blending the euphoric libertarianism of that moment with the stoical melancholia of its aftermath.
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Terry Eagleton Quotes: There is no way in which we can retrospectively erase the Treaty of Vienna or the Great Irish Famine. It is a peculiar feature of human actions that, once performed, they can never be recuperated. What is true of the past will always be true of it.
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Terry Eagleton Quote: In the end, the humanities can only be defended by stressing how indispensable they are; and this means insisting on their vital role in the whole business of academic learning, rather than protesting that, like some poor relation, they don't cost much to be housed.
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