Nobody familiar with the opening chapters of Great Expectations--featuring Pip's guiltily stolen "wittles" and Miss Havisham's grotesquely stale wedding cak--could write: "Food in Dickens... is always a sign of well-being." Eagleton excels at sweeping critical statements that knock actual novels out of sight.Like Fidel Castro, academic blowhards never die. They just fade into insignificance.
Aug 14, 2004
the last bastion
College English departments are perhaps the only place on earth where Marxism survives as a viable political philosophy. As Jeremy Noel-Tod notes, ironically, it's because academic Marxists are out-of-touch with the mass of humanity. But card-carrying pinko Terry Eagleton's crime is worse: he's lost touch with the very novels he's supposed to be illuminating.