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Longman, 1994 - Literary Criticism - 317 pages
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This collection of readings on the concept of ideology is brought together by the Marxist critic, Terry Eagleton. His introduction traces the historical evolution of ideology and examines in a more theoretical style the various meanings of the word and their significance. The readings begin with the first English translations of some of the writing of the French founder of the concept in the eighteenth century. They then move from the enlightenment to Hegel and Marxism, with particular emphasis on Marx and Engels themselves. They also look at other eighteenth-century traditions of thought such as Nietzche and Freud. All the readings are theoretical rather than examples of 'ideology at work' and will be of interest to undergraduate students of cultural, political and historical studies concerned with ideology, as well as students of English literature.

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Review: Ideology: An Introduction

User Review  - sologdin - Goodreads

not a bad introduction to the subject matter. witty, committed, fine attention to detail. opens with a decent schedule of attempted definitions. contains useful discussion of ideological 'strategies ... Read full review

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User Review  - Denis - Goodreads

Some people disapprove but I rather like Eagleton's humour in choosing examples (eg the third on the right trireme galley slave) that illustrate his points (eg about false consciousness). They make ... Read full review


V1 Marx and Engels Selected Texts
Georg Lukacs Class Consciousness
Lucien Goldmann The Epistemology of Sociology

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Terry Eagleton is Professor of Cultural Theory and John Rylands Fellow, University of Manchester. His other books include Ideology; The Function of Criticism; Heathcliff and the Great Hunger; Against the Grain; Walter Benjamin; and Criticism and Ideology, all from Verso.

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