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Author Eagleton, Terry, 1943- author
Title Culture / Terry Eagleton
Imprint New Haven : Yale University Press, [2016]
book jacket
 Fu Ssu-Nien WTN LANG BK  HM621 E11 2016    AVAILABLE    30530001215706
 人文社會聯圖  HM621 .E154 2016    AVAILABLE    30610020502365
 RCHSS Library  HM621 E154 2016    AVAILABLE    30560400449689
Descript ix, 177 pages ; 22 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 163-168) and index
Culture is a defining aspect of what it means to be human. Defining culture and pinpointing its role in our lives is not, however, so straightforward. Terry Eagleton, one of our foremost literary and cultural critics, is uniquely poised to take on the challenge. In this keenly analytical and acerbically funny book, he explores how culture and our conceptualisations of it have evolved over the last two centuries--from rarified sphere to humble practices, and from a bulwark against industrialism's encroaches to present-day capitalism's most profitable export. Ranging over art and literature as well as philosophy and anthropology, and major but somewhat 'unfashionable' thinkers like Johann Gottfried Herder and Edmund Burke aw well as T.S. Eliot, Matthew Arnold, Raymond Williams and Oscar Wilde, Eagleton provides a cogent overview of culture set firmly in its historical and theoretical contexts, illuminating its collusion with colonialism, nationalism, the decline of religion, and the rise of and rule of the 'uncultured' masses. Eagleton also examines culture today, lambasting the commodification and co-option of a force that, properly understood, is a vital means for us to cultivate and enrich our social lives, and can even provide the impetus to transform civil society. -- Inside jacket flap
Culture and civilisation -- Postmodern prejudices -- The social unconscious -- An apostle of culture -- From Herder to Hollywood -- Conclusion: the hubris of culture
Subject Culture
Civilization, Modern
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