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Author: John Orr

Title: Hidden Agenda: Pierre Bourdieu and Terry Eagleton

Year: 1999

ISBN: 1-900522-65-9

This paper explores hitherto unacknowledged similarities between Bourdieu and Eagleton, particularly in their recent critiques of modernism. While both theorists display open and vital differences over the question of ideology, their work in the 1990s shows a striking convergence which, this paper argues has a common lineage in their debt to Lucien Goldmann and Walter Benjamin. The convergence is explored more specifically through close readings of Bourdieu's The Rules Of Art and Eagleton's Heathcliff and the Great Hunger.