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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Eagleton, what kind of thought does literary education NOT encourage?

2. According to Eagleton, the subject in phenomenology was the source of all what?

3. What "twin impacts" does Eagleton cite in the mid-Victorian period that was particularly worrisome to the ruling class?

4. According to Eagleton, "in the terminology of reception theory, the reader _________ the literary work, which is in itself no more than a chain of organized black marks on a page."

5. According to Eagleton, who "harnessed this Romantic humanism to the cause of the working class" in the late nineteenth-century?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the romantics relationship to the symbol and why is it significant?

2. How does Eagleton define elitism in literary studies and why is it important?

3. What kind of thought does a literary education not encourage, according to Eagleton, and what does this signify?

4. What does "concretize" mean and why is it significant?

5. What did the critic E.D. Hirsch, Jr. believe about the reader's relationship to a text?

6. How did new criticism emerge in England and America?

7. Who developed reception theory and why is it significant?

8. What is hermeneutics and how is it significant?

9. How did the romantic movement develop and why is it significant?

10. What did new American criticism focus on and why is it significant?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the relationship between individualism and authoritarian capitalism? Why does Eagleton argue that literary theory's attempt to validate the individual as disconnected from society a myth?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Eagleton's argument for a movement that would reform the academy and society at large by identifying and analyzing the 4 major goals of this political movement.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the arguments for and against literary theory.

1) According to Eagleton, why have people opposed literary theory?

2) What is Eagleton's position regarding literary theory?

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