Eagleton..."What is Literature?" It's all in your head?

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"...different historical periods have constructed a 'different' Homer and Shakespeare for their own purposes..." (Eagleton 11).  This is very true, it is impossible to tear a historical writing from the time it was written, doing this would undermine much of the reason it was written.  This does not only hold true for a society at large, but even down to an individual level.  The George Orwell I read when I was nine is certainly a 'different' George Orwell than I read last year.  The text did not change, but I did.  Therefore it would seem that without a personal connection to the work, literature itself would crumble. 

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