Title: How to Read Literature
Author: Terry Eagleton
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication Date: 21 May 2013
Format: E-Book - PDF
Source: ARC via NetGalley
What makes a work of literature good or bad? How freely can the reader interpret it? Could a nursery rhyme like Baa Baa Black Sheep
be full of concealed loathing, resentment, and aggression? In this
accessible, delightfully entertaining book, Terry Eagleton addresses
these intriguing questions and a host of others. How to Read Literature is
the book of choice for students new to the study of literature and for
all other readers interested in deepening their understanding and
enriching their reading experience.
In a series of brilliant
analyses, Eagleton shows how to read with due attention to tone, rhythm,
texture, syntax, allusion, ambiguity, and other formal aspects of
literary works. He also examines broader questions of character, plot,
narrative, the creative imagination, the meaning of fictionality, and
the tension between what works of literature say and what they show.
Unfailingly authoritative and cheerfully opinionated, the author
provides useful commentaries on classicism, Romanticism, modernism, and
postmodernism along with spellbinding insights into a huge range of
authors, from Shakespeare and J. K. Rowling to Jane Austen and Samuel
Beckett. (Goodreads Synopsis)
How to Read Literature was a fun and delightful read that helped me pass a couple of entertaining hours one evening. The book manages to be both informative and satirical at the same time; a cross between a serious piece of writing and light-hearted fun.
Eagleton's analysis of 'Baa Baa Black Sheep' had me laughing so hard my husband came in to check on me. I then tried to read it out to him but he couldn't understand a word I was saying amidst my chocking laughter and streaming eyes.
This is a great read for both students of literature and those keen readers looking for a fun text about their hobby.