After a distinguished career, the literary theorist goes back to the drawing board and poses the fundamental question, ‘What is literature?’ in a new philosophical work with a purposefully alchemical title, The Event of Literature. He picks the works of literary criticism he’s cherished the most during his influential career. Plus, more of our Book Bags, including from Hilary Mantel and H.W. Brands.
Terry Eagleton is Distinguished Professor of English Literature at the Lancaster University, and former Thomas Warton Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford and John Edward Taylor Professor of English Literature at the University of Manchester. He has written more than 40 books, including Literary Theory: An Introduction (1983) The Ideology of the Aesthetic (1990), Why Marx Was Right (2011) and The Event of Literature (2012).