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Voices and the Imaginative Ear.

Garratt, Peter



“Jesters”, says Regan in King Lear, “do oft prove prophets”. Perhaps so. Try this one: “In everyday life, talking about imaginary people as though they were real is known as psychosis; in universities, it is known as literary criticism.” The jester here is the cultural critic Terry Eagleton, explaining the nature of the imagination in his book How to Read A Poem. It's a typical Eagleton gag: arch, irreverent, crafted, and probably designed to ruffle the feathers of English professors (or to indulge them).


Garratt, P. (2015). Voices and the Imaginative Ear. The Lancet, 386(10010), 2248-2249.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 30, 2015
Publication Date 2015-12
Deposit Date Mar 5, 2015
Journal The Lancet
Print ISSN 0140-6736
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 386
Issue 10010
Pages 2248-2249