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Terry Eagleton: The Crisis of the Humanities

Guest lecture with the British philosopher and literary critic Terry Eagleton. The lecture will be streamed live.

Terry Eagleton
Terry Eagleton is not optimistic about the future of the humanities in England.

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Welcome to the guest lecture with the famous and influential British philosopher and literary critic Terry Francis Eagleton. The lecture has been titled The Crisis of the Humanities and will be held in English.

Terry Eagleton shouts out on behalf of the humanities. If Britain does not change courses, entire humanities faculties can be closed down in a few years, he writes in the essay The Slow Death of the University, published in The Chronicle of Higher Education (06.04.15).

In the essay, he criticizes what he thinks is a commercialization of higher education: Professors become business leaders, students become consumers. And it is the humanities that suffer and receive reduced grants. They do not manage to attract lucrative research grants from the business world, or attract a large number of students.

All are welcome!

Terry Eagleton

Terry Francis Eagleton (1943) is a internationally celebrated literary scholar and cultural theorist. He is Distinguished Professor of English Literature within the Department of English and Creative Writing at Lancaster University.

His specialities are literary and cultural theory and the English-language literature and culture of Ireland, on which he has recently completed a trilogy of works. He is also becoming rather more broadly involved in comparative literature, and a recent book on tragedy considers the literature of various European cultures. Since around 2006 he has become a vocal critic of what has been called the New Atheism and has published a number of titles based on his lectures on religion and theology including Reason, Faith, and Revolution: Reflections on the God Debate (2009) and Culture and the Death of God (2014).

He has written several articles and political comments for newspapers, including New Statesman, Red Pepper and The Guardian. His books of literary criticism include Literary Theory: An Introduction (1983) and After Theory (2003). He is also the author of the novel Saints and Scholars (1987) and The Gatekeeper: A Memoir (2001). His latest books include: Why Marx Was Right (2011); The Event of Literature (2012); How to Read Literature (2013); and Hope without Optimism (2015).