Walter Benjamin: Or, Towards a Revolutionary Criticism, Eagleton’s momentous study of Benjamin’s critical practice marks a sea change in his thought. As the subtitle suggests, its goal is not merely to contemplate Benjamin’s approach to language, history, and art but to chart a dynamic new course for contemporary socialist criticism. To do this, Eagleton brushes Benjamin’s Trauerspiel against seventeenth-century British literature, tests his concept of the “aura” against Freud and Lacan, and undertakes his most sustained engagement with Derrida and the political crossroads of deconstruction.
The seventh question in our Radical Thinkers giveaway competition is:
What play did Eagleton write between Criticism and Ideology: A Study in Marxist Literary Theory and Walter Benjamin: Or, Towards a Revolutionary Criticism?
Entry to the competition for Radical Thinkers question 7 is now closed! The answer is:
‘Brecht and Company’, an unpublished play written in 1979.