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DOWNLOAD ☆ MEDCA.XYZ ¿ Terry Eagleton Terry Eagleton ¿ 1 DOWNLOAD SUMMARY Across the Pond Americans have long been fascinated with the oddness of the British but the English according to Terry Eagleton find their transatlantic neighbors eually strange Why must we broadcast our children’s school grades with bumper stickers announcing “My Child Made the Honor Roll” Why don’t we appreciate the. A Dangerous PeopleAn outrageous book Eagleton at his wittiest and most sardonic Only in comparison can we perceive our own insanities British insanities do tend to be less malign and even less fundamental than the American sort largely because the British laugh at themselves readily Put another way Americans on the whole are profound than their superficial silliness suggest And that may not be a good thing Eagleton appreciates what Harold Bloom noted as the underlying Gnosticism of American metaphysicalmaterialist culture its true religion see For Americans Eagleton writes The will lies at the core of the self which means that the self is what bestows meaning and value on things But the self is also orthodox of material reality So we too are part of what must be hammered into shape We are clay in our own hands awaiting the moment when we will transform ourselves into an artefact of great splendour The self is always a work in progress It is a kind of wilderness which must be cultivated mixed with one s labour before it can become meaningful It is part of Puritan doctrine that human labour is what makes things real Before we happened along there was just chaos Ceaseless activity is what keeps the world in existence American optimism thus conceals a darker vision It springs as much from a scepticism about material reality as from an affirmation of it In themselves Nature and the flesh are chaotic stuff They are worthless until the spirit invests them with significance It is labour that transforms Nature into meaning And this always involves a degree of violence Body and soul are both subject to belligerent onslaughts along with the rain forests and terrorist strongholdsThus the American fantasy of omnipotence as well as immortality which Donald Trump has so successfully exploited What his Evangelical supporters haven t twigged onto yet is that this fantasy isn t Christian but Gnostic just as Bloom argues and Eagleton describes The myth of the self made man is a also a Christian heresy Pelagianism recognised since the 4th centuryAnd irony of ironies the origin of Gnosticism is ultimately pagan and Persian that is to say Iranian Its essential doctrine is the idea of human deification the gradual transformation of mankind into a divine species This doctrine is most clearly expressed in Mormonism but as Bloom points out it has been transmitted to every Christian sect in America It even affects America s atheism with a triumphant optimism of a liberal UtopiaWhen everyone believes they are heading for deification the currency of the divine seems doomed to drastic depreciation dragging the rest of us into a maelstrom of metaphysical and material hyper inflation Trump is a visible manifestation of the phenomenon a leader whose only talent is of unlimited confidence in his own divinity the ultimate debasement of the spiritual dollar As Eagleton notes People who are both powerful and dissatisfied are peculiarly dangerous Their particular faith held firmly but largely without awareness is the source of American power and danger to the world 寵妻如令4 kind of wilderness which must be cultivated mixed with one s labour before it can become meaningful It is part of Puritan doctrine that human labour is what makes things real Before we happened along there was just chaos Ceaseless activity is what پشت پردهای انقلاب اسلامی keeps the world in existence American optimism thus conceals a darker vision It springs as much from a scepticism about material reality as from an affirmation of it In themselves Nature and the flesh are chaotic stuff They are worthless until the spirit invests them with significance It is labour that transforms Nature into meaning And this always involves a degree of violence Body and soul are both subject to belligerent onslaughts along with the rain forests and terrorist strongholdsThus the American fantasy of omnipotence as well as immortality which Donald Trump has so successfully exploited What his Evangelical supporters haven t twigged onto yet is that this fantasy isn t Christian but Gnostic just as Bloom argues and Eagleton describes The myth of the self made man is a also a Christian heresy Pelagianism recognised since the 4th centuryAnd irony of ironies the origin of Gnosticism is ultimately pagan and Persian that is to say Iranian Its essential doctrine is the idea of human deification the gradual transformation of mankind into a divine species This doctrine is most clearly expressed in Mormonism but as Bloom points out it has been transmitted to every Christian sect in America It even affects America s atheism with a triumphant optimism of a liberal UtopiaWhen everyone believes they are heading for deification the currency of the divine seems doomed to drastic depreciation dragging the rest of us into a maelstrom of metaphysical and material hyper inflation Trump is a visible manifestation of the phenomenon a leader whose only talent is of unlimited confidence in his own divinity the ultimate debasement of the spiritual dollar As Eagleton notes People who are both powerful and dissatisfied are peculiarly dangerous Their particular faith held firmly but largely without awareness is the source of American power and danger to the world

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DOWNLOAD ☆ MEDCA.XYZ ¿ Terry Eagleton Terry Eagleton ¿ 1 DOWNLOAD SUMMARY Across the Pond E He answers the uestions his compatriots have always had but being British are too reticent to ask like why we willingly rise at the crack of dawn even on Sundays In this pithy warmhearted and often very funny book Eagleton melds a good old fashioned roast with true admiration for his neighbors across the pond. Terry Eagleton is hopelessly lost on most Americans a fact of which he is most acutely aware Thus his most recent book Across the Pond An Englishman s View of America is a curiously telling addition to his body of work A venerable British scholar s humorous critiue of US culture which seems harmless enough until one realizes thanks in large part to Eagleton s penetrating observations that nerves incur damage remarkably close to the surface of Americans thin skinsIn the opening chapter Eagleton writes No decent piece of writing simply tells it like it is without a sensual delight in telling it and proceeds to demonstrate his unwavering commitment to this maxim In other words he means what he says and in this sense at least tailors the book to appeal to his audience ever mindful of our puritanical devotion to the virtues of plainspoken directness One of the gravest moral defects of Americans he writes This turns out to be perfect motivation for reveling stylishly in the fun of upending the narcissistic roots of our supposed naturalness Eagleton is rather obviously delighted to inform us that Nothing is artificial than a cult of shambling spontaneity People who are self consciously blunt plain and forthright are in the grip of an image of themselves uite as much as people who think they are Elvis Presley or Mother Theresa Even so he is uite complimentary of Americans on the whole though these praises seem to have been lost on many of the book s American reviewers Perhaps they failed to note his ualifications about sweeping generalizations in his introductory note to the text More likely however they overlooked his many positive remarks about citizens of the States because he oscillates breathlessly between observations that are witheringly scornful and somewhat charitable If I may be so bold converting this range from the metric system for my fellow Americans this runs the gamut from unspeakably horrible to awesome But jarring juxtapositions are in great measure where Eagleton s style derives its tremendous comedic force And in any case as the author himself points out The spirit of comedy is the spirit of forgiveness which for the author in uestion implies a great deal than may appear at first glance In Reason Faith and Revolution Reflections on the God Debate Eagleton articulates an immensely useful distinction between forgiveness and tolerance the former being rooted in a deep loving metaphysical commitment the latter proceeding from a legal material obligation It is exceedingly obvious to Eagleton as it is to me which vision sustains greater hope for a better life For this reason it is difficult for me not to take his friendly fire in the spirit intended Nor Eagleton suggests should we allow our puritanical sensibilities to chafe too excessively at irony Readers are routinely reminded that whatever may lie at the root of the gloomiest satire it is not essentially malicious Satire may be negative in content but it is supremely positive in form There is no criticism however scabrous that does not implicitly subscribe to an alternate vision of thingsAbove all I suspect Eagleton wants to impart nothing to his American audience than a deeper appreciation for the virtues of form specifically a stylized discourse replete with healthy doses of irony and self mockery He wishes to disabuse us of the tragic hero that lurks deep within each of our psyches and is the product of our inability to accept loss Tragedy is the wager that you can make something out of this dissolution plucking value from loss and breakdown In this as in other ways the US is a profoundly anti tragic civilisation On the whole it rejects the belief common to both St Paul and Martin Heidegger that you can make something of your life only by making something of your death In other words we would do well to take leave of our inclinations toward striving and asserting learning instead to savour the delights of passivity There is after all a great deal to be said for availing oneself of the spiritual treasures to be reaped from being acted on rather than acting Perhaps it is fair to say that in the end Eagleton does in fact love the great American spirit It s just that he happens to love the pleasure of flaying The Great American Ethos And if Americans complete the book having gained nothing than a nagging self awareness it will no doubt have accomplished a great deal than it set out to do which is nothing much at all really

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DOWNLOAD ☆ MEDCA.XYZ ¿ Terry Eagleton Terry Eagleton ¿ 1 DOWNLOAD SUMMARY Across the Pond Indispensability of the teapot And why do we so foolishly insist on being friendly to every passing stranger In his uirky journey through the language geography and national character of the USA literary theorist Eagleton probes the depths of American culture with an academic’s gravitas and a comedian’s gle. If you ve lived in Europe you know that Americans are considered a safe target for ridicule Just go to a stand up comedy show in London No one makes fun of say Pakistanis or Nigerians It s not considered cool to poke fun at the ethnic and religious minorities But Americans are a fair game And the stereotypes of Americans are unvarying fat loud and ignorant Let s not argue over what portion of the British population possesses the three aforementioned ualities compared to Americans Eagleton wants to give the reader the impression that he s above such mean and baseless stereotyping but somehow I doubt it He keeps uoting Charles Dickens and Alexis de Tocueville His humor is ironic and very British if I m allowed to stereotype And the book annoys you even when Eagleton is praising Americans the positive ualities are also stereotypical Americans are friendly and outgoing Right No grumpy loners in this country قصة الأمير حمزة البهلوان know that Americans are considered a safe target for ridicule Just go to a stand up comedy show in London No one makes fun of say Pakistanis or Nigerians It s not considered cool to poke fun at the ethnic and religious minorities But Americans are a fair game And the stereotypes of Americans are unvarying fat loud and ignorant Let s not argue over what portion of the British population possesses the three aforementioned ualities compared to Americans Eagleton wants to give the reader the impression that he s above such mean and baseless stereotyping but somehow I doubt it He 盾の勇者の成り上がり 2 keeps uoting Charles Dickens and Alexis de Tocueville His humor is ironic and very British if I m allowed to stereotype And the book annoys you even when Eagleton is praising Americans the positive ualities are also stereotypical Americans are friendly and outgoing Right No grumpy loners in this country


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  • Hardcover
  • 178
  • Across the Pond
  • Terry Eagleton
  • English
  • 03 September 2018
  • 9780393088984