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Here are a few new book releases from this week that are worth checking out:

(Where possible, we have also tried to include a review/interview related to the book…)

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Culture and the Death of God

by Terry Eagleton

Read a review from The Guardian

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Improbable, but not Impossible.

A Feature Review of

How to Read Literature
Terry Eagleton

Hardback: Yale UP, 2013
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Reviewed by Meghan Florian


Terry Eagleton’s newest book, How to Read Literature, succeeds at one of the more difficult goals a book about literary interpretation could set out for itself: it is accessible. In just five chapters the text manages to lay out the basics of literary analysis in a way that is both scholarly and understandable. While not a light read, How to Read Literature has no interest in the intentionally obtuse mode of discourse some academic prose employs. Perhaps this is because Eagleton, Distinguished Professor of English Literature at the University of Lancaster, and Excellence in English Distinguished Visitor at the University of Notre Dame, is simply not a scholar who needs to prove himself, but more likely it is because of the views on language he makes clear throughout the text. “Part of what we mean by a ‘literary’ work,” he writes, “is one in which what is said is to be taken in terms of how it is said. It is the kind of writing in which the content is inseparable from the language in which it is presented. Language is constitutive of the reality or experience, rather than simply a vehicle for it” (3). This is the backdrop for Eagleton’s explanations, summed up in chapters on Openings, Character, Narrative, Interpretation, and Value.

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Here are a few new book releases from this week that are worth checking out:

(Where possible, we have also tried to include a review/interview related to the book…)

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Americanah: A Novel
By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

(Watch for our review in our next print issue!)

Listen to an NPR interview with the author


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22 February 2013


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Today is the birthday of literary critic Terry Eagleton, born 1943…Read our recent review of Eagleton’s book The Event of Literature.
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Terry Eagleton - The Event of LiteratureWhat Literature Does

A Feature Review of

The Event of Literature

Terry Eagleton.

Hardback: Yale UP, 2012
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Reviewed by Brett Beasley.

Only Terry Eagleton, the one-time radical leftist theologian who became Britain’s foremost literary critic, would begin a book on literature with a discussion of medieval Catholic theology. In his newest book, The Event of Literature, readers will instantly find themselves getting excited about the debate between Realists and Nominalists in the middle ages, and googling haecceity, Scotism, and Thomas Aquinas. This opening detour down the neglected corridors of Scholasticism turns out to be just the first of many moments that revitalize everything we thought we knew about Literature.

Throughout the book, Eagleton asks a simple question: Is there a single feature that defines Literature, or is Literature just a name we impose on many different kinds of writing? This is not a new question for Eagleton. In fact, it is one that has preoccupied him throughout his career of 40+ years, making major appearances in his celebrated Literary Theory: An Introduction (1983) and in The Illusions of Postmodernism (1996). Finally, in The Event of Literature Eagleton claims to offer a definitive answer.

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