Review: Terry Eagleton, The Event of Literature, Yale University Press, 2012


  • Cathy Bergin


Despite the somewhat flippant tone in the introduction to his new book The Event of Literature, Terry Eagleton takes the oft derided question ‘can there be a definition of literature?' very seriously indeed. In attempting, if not necessarily to ultimately define literature, but to take the task seriously, he has produced a timely and thought provoking book which speaks of issues well beyond the sphere of ‘literature'.