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.
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.
Tuesday, 27 March 2012
Published this week, A Visitor’s Guide to the Ancient Olympics by Neil Faulkner offers a complete tour of the Olympic site exactly as athletes and spectators found it. The book evokes the sights, sounds and smells of the (rather grim sounding) encampment; introduces the various attendees (from champions and charlatans to aristocrats and prostitutes); and explains the exotic religious rituals. In this interview for Blackwells, Faulkner provides an introduction to the games, vividly describing the spectacle as experienced by a visitor in ancient times. Along the way Faulkner reveals some unusual details. For instance, did you know that the spectators at the games made offerings to Zeus to rid them of flies? Faulkner also offers an explanation for the popularity of the games, as a physical and mental preparation for war...