Conservatives probably shouldnt have a favorite Marxist literary critic, but Terry Eagleton is mine. (True, hes also the only Marxist literary critic Ive ever read but I suspect that even if I read others he’d retain the title.) Reading his Literary Theory convinced me that theory may not just be trendy pseudo-academic nonsenseat least not completely.
Anyway, I’m a fan of Eagleton quotes and Peter Leithart found one worth passing along in the Terry Lectures (Reason, Faith, and Revolution: Reflections on the God Debate (The Terry Lectures Series)): [Existentialism] was for the most part an ontologically imposing way of saying that one was nineteen, far from home, feeling rather blue, and like a toddler in a play school hadnt much of a clue as to what was going on. A few decades later this condition persisted among late adolescents, but it was now known as post-structuralism.