Terry Eagleton to give public talk at Kent

One of Britain’s best known literary theorists and critics will give a free public talk at the University on 11 November.

Terry Eagleton, currently Distinguished Professor of English Literature at Lancaster University, will appear as part of the English Public Keynotes series organised by Kent’s School of English.

His talk, which is titled “Sacrifice and Revolution”, will take place at 6pm in Keynes Lecture Theatre 1 on the University’s Canterbury campus. It is free and open to all.

During the last ten years Terry Eagleton has written and lectured extensively on two themes: the war on terror and the debate about God provoked by the ‘new atheism’. In his talk he will draw both on Catholic theology and Marxist theory to show the part the ancient concept of sacrifice might yet have in the transformation of human society.

Dr Bashir Abu-Manneh, the event organiser and Reader in Postcolonial Literature, said: ‘Terry Eagleton is Britain’s unrivalled radical public intellectual. No other topic today is more important than revolutionary change and sacrifice, and this is an absolutely rare opportunity to discuss it.’