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The Illusions of Postmodernism

ISBN: 978-0-631-20323-0
160 pages
December 1996, ©1996, Wiley-Blackwell
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In this brilliant critique, Terry Eagleton explores the origins and emergence of postmodernism, revealing its ambivalences and contradictions. Above all he speaks to a particular kind of student, or consumer, of popular "brands" of postmodern thought.
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Table of Contents


1. Beginnings.

2. Ambivalences.

3. Histories.

4. Subjects.

5. Fallacies.

6. Contradictions.



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Author Information

Terry Eagleton is Professor of Cultural Theory and John Rylands Fellow at the University of Manchester. The Second Edition of his classic Literary Theory: An Introduction appeared in 1996 as did Marxist Literary Theory: A Reader, co-edited with Drew Milne. His numerous other books include Heathcliffe and the Great Hunger (1995), The Ideology of the Aesthetic (1990), William Shakespeare (1986), Walter Benjamin (1976), Criticism and Ideology (1976), and Marxism and Literary Criticism (1976).
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The Wiley Advantage

  • Eagleton's major critique of postmodernism.

  • Exposes 'popular' brands of postmodern thought.

  • Provides even handed account of postmodernism's strengths and failings
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"Eagleton shows his firm grasp of political tactics and knowledge of history. It is exceptional" Steven Donovan
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