Prof. Terry Eagleton is a British literary theorist and critic, regarded by some as Britain's most influential living literary critic. Since October 2008 he is holding a Chair in English Literature at the Department of English & Creative Writing at Lancaster University.
What is the function of criticism today, or is it now entirely bereft
of purpose? What have been its major functions in the past – in the
ancient world, for example, in the form of rhetoric – and can these be
re-invented in the present? Whatever happened to close textual
analysis, and what is the relation between the critic and the
Vortrag in der Reihe "Kulturtheorien", veranstaltet vom IZKT in Kooperation mit der Breuninger Stiftung und der Stadtbücherei Stuttgart.