5.0 out of 5 stars
enlightening and Marxist, Feb. 21 2001
A well-written obituary to modern literary theories. In the introduction, the author reveals his Marxist position, which is further elaborated in the final chapter. In between, the author stabs and thrusts with Marxist dagger non-Marxist oriented theories, including:New Criticism,"a recipe for political inertia, and thus for submission to the political status quo";Reception theory,"a simple fantasy bred in the minds of those who have spent to long in the classroom";Structuralism,"the dupe of an alienated theory of scientific practice";Yale school of Deconstruction,"who has managed to get rid of all his cards and sit with empty hands";just to name a few. But Marxism is more like a double-edged sword. The reader should always remind him/herself that "your (Eagleton's) finger only 'points' within a certain interpretation I make of what your are doing, one which leads me to look at the object indicated rather than up your arm."