April 9, 2007

Eagleton and Culture as the Base

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

"But we do not understand ideology either unless we grasp the part it plays in the society as a whoe -- how it consists of a definite, historically relative structure of perception which underpins the power of a particular social class" (Eagleton 421).

I do not believe we have considered social class in any of the criticisms so far, and that completely slipped my mind. The importance of social class can sometimes be absolutely crucial to understanding the society as a whole and the difficulties that they faced. In a majority of the stories that I have read throughout these four years have held a great impact on the socioeconomic status, and the issues with it. While the Marxist approach appears to be the answer to those issues, I have also read other stories that showed a Marxist society that also failed in stories, such as Margaret Peterson Haddix's Among the Hidden and Lois Lowry's The Giver. I wish I would have presented on this essay, because I really could have had a fantastic time showing how this essay is completely relevant toward a cultural criticism, especially a sociological criticism.

Posted by The Gentle Giant at April 9, 2007 9:28 PM
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