Journal Article

Miracles and Revolutionary Reversals: Terry Eagleton’s Theological Turn

Youzhuang Geng

in Literature and Theology

Volume 26, issue 3, pages 323-337
Published in print September 2012 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online July 2012 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/frs027
Miracles and Revolutionary Reversals: Terry Eagleton’s Theological Turn

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This essay explores the ‘theological turn’ of Terry Eagleton within the context of China and the Chinese academia. Eagleton has long been thought of as one of the representatives of Western Marxism in China. And though he is often seen as an advocate of so-called postmodernism by some Chinese scholars, his stance as a Marxist has never been questioned. In fact, it is precisely because of this double role that Eagleton has become such a popular contemporary Western thinker, his influence in China going well beyond the imagination of Western scholars. But most studies on Eagleton by Chinese academics focus on his ideas in relation to Marxism, such as the theory of literature production. This discussion undertakes a more comprehensive study on Eagleton’s thoughts, focusing in particular on the connection between his early studies on theology and the theological turn of his later work, within a context where the relationship between Marxism and theology increasingly attracts the interests and the attention of Chinese scholars.

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Subjects: Literature ; Religion and Art, Literature, and Music

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