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Figures of Dissent: Critical Essays on Fish, Spivak, Zizek and Others

Terry Eagleton.
Publisher Verso  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.3 x 6.25 x 1 inches
ISBN 9781859846674
Pages/Publication Date 272/2003
Daedalus Item Code 32049
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Never content merely to assess the ideas of a writer and the theses of a book, Terry Eagleton, in his inimitable and often wickedly funny style, 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 bracing criticism, Eagleton comes face to face with Stanley Fish, Gayatri Spivak, Slavoj Zizek, Edward Said, and even David Beckham. All are subjected to his pugnacious wit and brilliant literary investigations.

"The review-essay is a form requiring journalistic concision, rigorous analytical thinking and sympathetic reading of another's texts. Eagleton, most famous in the U.S. for his oft-assigned Literary Theory: An Introduction and most recently the author of Sweet Violence: The Idea of the Tragic, is also a prolific practitioner of the review-essay, publishing his thoughtful, politically charged and lucidly polemical summations most often in the London Review of Books. This book collects more than 40 such pieces, on the contemporary writers and thinkers of the subtitle, but also reaching back to Yeats, Wilde, Eliot and even Branwell Brontë, and across to more peers like Stuart Hall, Colin McCabe and Jonathan Dollimore. 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 ethical woods."—Publishers Weekly

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