Eagleton on Education
From Terry Eagleton’s Literary Theory:
“Literary theorists, critics and teachers, then, are not so much purveyors of doctrine as custodians or a discourse. Their task is to preserve this discourse, extend and elaborate it as necessary, defend it from other forms of discourse, initiate newcomers into it and determine whether or not they have successfully mastered it” (175).
Out of all the chapters we read by Eagleton, I liked this one the best. I think that he did not use a lot of confusing terms and elaborated well on what he was discussing. My favorite quote from this section would be the one above. As a future English educator, I thought that he expressed what I will need to do for my job quite well. In the classroom, I will need to regulate the conversations, help students realize what is important, and defend the text when necessary from skeptical students. I do not think that Eagleton’s definition encompasses all the jobs of a teacher, but this is a good start.