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Summary Culture AUTHOR Terry Eagleton

Conceptualizations of it have evolved over the last two centuries from rarified sphere to humble practices and from a bulwark against industrialism’s encroaches to present day capitalism’s most profitable export Ranging over art and literature as well as philosophy and anthropology and major but somewhat unfashionable thinkers like Johann Gottfried Herder and Edmund Burke as well as T S Eliot Matthew Arnold Raymond Williams and Oscar Wilde Eagleton prov. Lucid and concise readings of Burke Swift Herder Austen Marx Wilde and TS Eliot among others The book is less focused and persuasive when Eagleton traces the long and complicated dialectic between capitalism and various meanings of culture Eagleton s own version of Marx s base vs superstructure dichotomy has various forms of cultural superstructure competing with each other and often canceling each other out He also understands these competing versions of culture to be hubristic each thinks they are the most powerful force of all able at will to intervene into capitalism s workings and alter its course or free to transcend it These various understandings of culture certainly don t think of culture as secondary and determined bycomplicit with economic forces and structures a

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Culture AUTHOR Terry Eagleton

One of our most brilliant minds offers a sweeping intellectual history that argues for the reclamation of culture’s valueCulture is a defining aspect of what it means to be human Defining culture and pinpointing its role in our lives is not however so straightforward Terry Eagleton one of our foremost literary and cultural critics is uniuely poised to take on the challenge In this keenly analytical and acerbically funny book he explores how culture and our. Civilisation is what gives you postboxes culture is what decides what colour you paint them This was to me Eagleton s best contribution to the articulation of what culture is

Terry Eagleton Ó 8 review

Ides a cogent overview of culture set firmly in its historical and theoretical contexts illuminating its collusion with colonialism nationalism the decline of religion and the rise of and rule over the uncultured masses Eagleton also examines culture today lambasting the commodification and co option of a force that properly understood is a vital means for us to cultivate and enrich our social lives and can even provide the impetus to transform civil society. It s a great piece that adds to the discussion of culture and politics I felt like it gave me a lot to think about after the Trump election


10 thoughts on “Culture AUTHOR Terry Eagleton

  1. says:

    Hmmm Terry Eagleton does an intense session of mental acrobatics in order to disavow all possible value to culturalidentity politics Favours a pretty dated marxism Interesting introduction to some of the key debates but deliberately broad brushstrokes leave room for a pretty crusty and unconvincing concluding argument Feels like an old man nostalgic for when he was trendy Sad

  2. says:

    Civilisation is what gives you postboxes culture is what decides what colour you paint them This was to me Eagleton's best contribution to the articulation of what culture is

  3. says:

    Terry Eagleton's latest effort comes with recommendations that include him being a good read even if you don't agree with him and that he would have to be invented if he didn't existMy personal view on books is that 220 pages is both a mean and an outer limit for easy comprehension and reflection with less chance for padding or waffling Culture is a slim text about the right size for train travel although I sta

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    A bit hand wavey at times and will certainly be less palatable for those not of leftistMarxist sympathies but this book is still rather good Eagleton spends a good portion of the book discussing what exactly culture is as well as some historical notions of it which is interesting regardless of one's political leanings and especially becaus

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    I wrote up a detailed review on my blog he

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    Lucid and concise readings of Burke Swift Herder Austen Marx Wilde and TS Eliot among others The book is less focused and persuasive when Eagleton traces the long and complicated dialectic between capitalism and various meanings of “culture” Eagleton’s own version of Marx’s base vs superstructure dichotomy has various forms of cultural “superstructure” competing with each other and often canceling each other out He al

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    talks a lot about the idea of culture and spends a lot of time on Herder I am a little skeptical of German romantics it didn't end well Some interesting distinctions made between culture and civilization but it seems to spend a lot of time in the 19th century A lot of this conversation was played out in politics in the e

  8. says:

    It's a great piece that adds to the discussion of culture and politics I felt like it gave me a lot to think about after the Trump election

  9. says:

    On the whole Terry Eagleton's Culture is a broad yet short meditation on a variety of ideas and concepts that fit under and intersect with notions and impressions of culture Therefore it is tricky to find a coherent thesis throughout Eagleton's book but as he writes in the Preface Perspicacious readers will und

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    This work contains a broad range of interesting ideas uips and references but I ultimately found it to be lacking a coherent thesis or central argumentThe most repellent aspect of the book for me was the feeling that the author was concealing