Terry Eagleton is Professor of Cultural Theory and John Rylands Fellow, University of Manchester. Among his many books are Figures of Dissent, The Function of Criticism, Heathcliff and the Great Hunger, After Theory, Holy Terror and Literary Theory: An Introduction.
In an age marked by sharp ideological conflict, many postmodernists have declared ideology dead. To explore this paradox, Marxist critic Eagleton analyzes the slippery and often contradictory conceptions of ideology, tracing them through their various permutations from Destutt de Tracy, through Marx and Lukacs, to assorted postmodernists. Rejecting those views that reduce ideology to consciousness at one extreme, or social practices at the other, Eagleton argues that it should be understood in terms of a complex set of effects in discourse. In this way he preserves it as a way of analyzing social practice while avoiding the implicit nihilism of the postmodernists. The argument is compelling, marked by Eagleton's characteristic clarity, wit, and cogency.-- T.L. Cooksey, Armstrong State Coll., Savannah, Ga.
"...second to none among critics writing in the English language today." - The Guardian "...a combative, fiercely articulate and witty Marxist literary critic." - The Nation "Eagleton is informative, witty and wise." - Times Higher Education Supplement"