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Terry Eagleton
(1943-____) born on
Feb 22
British literary critic. 0
Readers are less and less seen as mere non-writers, the subhuman "other" or flawed derivative of the author; the lack of a pen is no longer a shameful mark of secondary status but a positively enabling space . . .

Literature transforms and intensifies ordinary language, deviates systematically from everyday speech.
Deconstruction. . . insists not that truth is illusory but that it is institutional.
All propaganda or popularization involves a putting of the complex into the simple, but such a move is instantly deconstructive. For if the complex can be put into the simple, then it cannot be as complex as it seemed in the first place . . .
Chaucer was a class traitor
Shakespeare hated the mob
Donne sold out a bit later
Sidney was a nob.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Against The Grain, ch. 13, "The Revolt of the Reader" (1986; first published 1982).
R: Literary Theory: An Introduction, "What Is Literature?" (1983), of the Russian Formalists' view of "the literary."
A: Against The Grain, ch. 6, "Frère Jacques: The Politics of Deconstruction" (1986; first published 1984).
N: Against The Grain, ch. 10, "The Critic as Clown" (1986).
K: Against The Grain, ch. 14, "The Ballad of English Literature" (1986; to the tune of Land of Hope and Glory).

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