“there is indeed something to be redeemed, but it has become impossible to say quite what.”

June 3, 2013 § Leave a comment

On the whole, postmodern cultures, despite their fascination with ghouls and vampires, have had little to say of evil. Perhaps this is because the postmodern man or woman — cool, provisional, laid-back and decentered — lacks the depth that true destructiveness requires. For postmodernism there is nothing really to be redeemed. For high modernists like Franz Kafka, Samuel Beckett, or the early T. S. Eliot, there is indeed something to be redeemed, but it has become impossible to say quite what.

— Terry Eagleton, On Evil

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