Thursday, 19 April 2012
In the second part in our exclusive author interview with literary critic and Marxist theorist Terry Eagleton, Terry discusses the value of literary theory, fiction, the philosophy of literature and indeterminacy. In his witty new book The Event of Literature, Eagleton returns to the discipline to which he has devoted his career, literary theory, reconsidering previous stances of lit theory and offering fresh takes on much-studied books and critical theories.
Friday, 13 April 2012
Edvard Munch's masterpiece The Scream goes on display in London for a week from today, before it's sold at auction in New York. A Sotheby's spokesperson has suggested the artwork's price tag could exceed £50m. Sue Prideaux, biographer and author of Edvard Munch: Behind the Scream discussed the great artist on BBC Radio 4's Today Programme, explaining that Munch was hitting 30 when he painted the work and "incredibly unsuccessful as an artist". "He had insanity in his family," she explains, "his sister had just been committed to a madhouse" and he too feared he would go mad. Prideaux's latest biography Strindberg: A Life is available now.
Tuesday, 03 April 2012
In his new book The Event of Literature Terry Eagleton returns to the discipline to which he has devoted his career: literary theory. The book reconsiders previous stances of lit theory and offers fresh takes on much-studied books and critical theories. Here, in this exclusive author video, Terry discusses his conscious return to pure literary theory, and the implications of this in contemporary culture.