The English Novel: An Introduction
Written by one of the world’s leading literary theorists, this book provides a wide-ranging, accessible and humorous introduction to the English novel from Daniel Defoe to the present day.
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EAGLETON, IN HIS CRITIQUE OF HARD TIMES, SPENDS MUCH OF HIS TIME TRYING TO EXPOSE DICKENS' BIAS TOWARDS FANCY OVER UTILITARIANISM.EAGLETON SEEMS DESPERATE TO FIND FLAWS IN DICKENS OPPOSITION TO FACTS AND AGAIN SHOWS HIS HATRED OF THE AESTHETIC. IT'S MORE AN INTRODUCTION TO EAGLETONISM THAN THE ENGLISH NOVEL: HIS IDEOLOGY WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO HELP HIM APPRECIATE ANALOGY AND POINT OF VIEW. HE ENDS UP CHIPPING AWAY AT SOMETHING THAT IS TOO MONSTROUS FOR HIM TO EVER APPRECIATE OR UNDERMINE. IS EAGLETON JUST ANOTHER LILIPUTIAN? MARXISM DIED A LONG TIME AGO. THIS BOOK IS AS DEAD AND LIFELESS AS ITS COVER. NOT TO BE READ!
Review: The English NovelUser Review - Doug Warren - Goodreads
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. Read full review