The Use and Abuse of Literature with Marjorie Garber
Thursday March 31, 2011
Marjorie Garber is the author of 15 books and seven collections of essays on topics from Shakespeare to literary and cultural theory to the arts and intellectual life. On March 31, she spoke at the Center for Fiction about the relevance of reading in our digital age, which is the topic of her most recent book, The Use and Abuse of Literature (Pantheon).
Marjorie Garber is the William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of English and Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University, and Chair of the Committee on Dramatic Arts. She has published sixteen books and edited seven collections of essays on topics from Shakespeare to literary and cultural theory to the arts and intellectual life. Newsweek magazine chose Shakespeare After All as one of the five best nonfiction books of 2004, and praised it as the “indispensable introduction to an indispensable writer...Garber’s is the most exhilarating seminar room you’ll ever enter.” Her most recent book is The Use and Abuse of Literature (Pantheon, 2011). Garber has served as Director of the Humanities Center at Harvard, Chair of the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies, and Director of the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts. She is the former President of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes and a continuing member of its advisory board. She currently serves as a Trustee of the English Institute and on the Board of Directors of the American Council of Learned Societies. In 2010, she chaired the judging committee of the non-fiction category of the National Book Awards.
Visit Professor Garber’s Website.