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April 9, 2007

A popular subject: Art

Eagleton, ''Literature and History'' -- Jerz EL312 (Literary Criticism)

"...art does more than just passively reflect experience. It is held within ideology, but also manages to distance itself from it, to the point where it permits us to 'feel' and 'perceive' the ideology from which it springs" (425).

Art does not allow readers to know the truth. This ideology allows for readers to experience the real world in imaginary wasy which is similar to literature. It allows for us to experience a particular situation we normally would not be presented to. Art gives us the experience of a situation while science gives us the knowledge of it. However, it was once remarked that all art bears the imprint of its historical epoch, but that great art is that in which this imprint is most deeply marked. As students of literature, we are taught that the greatest art is that which timelessly transcends its historical conditions.

Posted by Denamarie at April 9, 2007 8:16 PM

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