Think classic literature and Shakespeare may come to mind. But is there a cultural shake-up in the bard’s future in literary standings? Marjorie Garber, author of The Use and Abuse of Literature, will answer that and other questions in her lecture “Occupy Shakespeare: Shakespeare and/in the Humanities,” on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 6 p.m. in the Wolstein Research Building Auditorium.
The free, public presentation is sponsored by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, and is in memory of Walter A. Strauss, who was the Elizabeth & William T. Treuhaft Professor of the Humanities. The event continues the center’s yearlong exploration of the theme “Revolution!” and its many facets in the humanities.
In her talk, Garber, the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of English and the Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University, will discuss how ownership of Shakespeare has changed in the 20th and 21st centuries, and what this might predict for the bard’s future in the humanities.
Garber, the author of 16 books, will draw from her book Shakespeare After All, which Newsweek hailed in 2004 as one of that year’s five best nonfiction titles, praising it as “the most exhilarating seminar room you’ll every enter.”
Garber is the former president of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes, the Board of Directors of the American Council of Learned Societies and 2010 chair of the National Book Award’s non-fiction committee. She is a member of the American Philosophical Society.