This is an account of the foremost Marxist cultural theorist of our time. David Alderson provides detailed discussions of Eagleton's Marxism and his engagements with postmodernism, as well as an evaluation of his interventions in Irish studies. The complex relations between nature, culture and ideology, body, subjectivity and authority are shown to be at the heart of Eagleton's ethical and political concerns, and to inform his critical examinations of such literary works as "Wuthering Heights" and "The Merchant of Venice", and the figures of W.B. Yeats and Oscar Wilde.
DAVID ALDERSON is Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Manchester.