Culture by Terry Eagleton

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Read Culture Online Free - 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 conceptualizations 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 as 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 over 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.

Title : Culture
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ISBN : 0300218796
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 192 pages


Guillermo rated it ★★★★★

June 28, 2017

Furioso breviario de estudios culturales. Erudito, agudo, divertido. Predomina el humor inglés, imperialista y mordaz. Eagleton es un Frankenstein ensamblado con partes de cadáveres ideológicos. Es católico y marxista, imperialista y demócrata, elitista y populista, conservador y revolucionario,...

Peter rated it ★★★★☆

October 30, 2017

talks a lot about the idea of culture and spends a lot of time on Herder. I am a little skeptical of German romantics it didn't end well. Some interesting distinctions made between culture and civilization but it seems to spend a lot of time in the 19th century. A lot of this conversation was pla...

Daniel rated it ★★★☆☆

May 27, 2017

Este libro muestra una evolución del concepto de cultura, desde sus origenes en el siglo XVIII hasta hoy. La conclusión gira entorno a una crítica del capitalismo actual, y la idea que la cultura se vuelto una categoría mercatil en la que caben ideologías de la diversidad y la identidad, que desp...

Laura rated it ★★☆☆☆

August 17, 2017

Como si acabase de finalizar primero de antropología y, en una charla de bar, tratase de resumir todo lo aprendido, sin ningún argumento específico. Interesantes reflexiones, eso sí.

Oliver rated it ★★★☆☆

November 03, 2016

Civilisation is what gives you postboxes, culture is what decides what colour you paint them. This was, to me, Eagleton's best contribution to the articulation of what culture is.

Todd rated it ★★★★☆

June 06, 2016

I wrote up a detailed review on my blog here: The Promise and Limitations of Culture

Django rated it ★★★★★

September 23, 2017

Nakon naslova 'Razum, vjera i revolucija', 'Zašto je Marx bio u pravu', 'O zlu' i 'Kultura i smrt Boga', Naklada Ljevak je u biblioteci Bookmarker urednika Kristijana Vujičića objavila i novu knjigu slavog teoretičara kulture Terryja Eagletona, jednostavno nazvanu 'Kultura'. Kao i samo ime, i tema...

Peter rated it ★★★★☆

June 17, 2016

Terry Eagleton's latest effort comes with recommendations that include him being a good read even if you don't agree with him and that he would have to be invented if he didn't exist. My personal view on books is that 220 pages is both a mean and an outer limit for easy comprehension and reflectio...

Peter rated it ★★★★☆

July 20, 2016

Lucid and concise readings of Burke, Swift, Herder, Austen, Marx, Wilde, and T.S. Eliot, among others. The book is less focused and persuasive when Eagleton traces the long and complicated dialectic between capitalism and various meanings of “culture.” Eagleton’s own version of Marx’s base vs. su...

Colin rated it ★★★☆☆

November 04, 2017

On the whole, Terry Eagleton's Culture is a broad yet short meditation on a variety of ideas and concepts that fit under and intersect with notions and impressions of culture. Therefore, it is tricky to find a coherent thesis throughout Eagleton's book, but as he writes in the Preface, "Perspicac...

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