Symptoms of Culture by Marjorie Garber

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The symptoms of culture are the anxieties that underlie modern life: the instability of gender roles, the mysteries of female sexuality, the enigma of authority, the desire for greatness in ourselves and our heroes. From concern over fake orgasms to our worries about Great Books reading lists, from wanting God on our side at sports contests to wanting Shakespeare on our side whenever we want to sound important, we are a walking case of symptoms. Whatever the modern illness may be, the doctor locates the symptoms in a box of Jello or in Charlotte's marvelous web, on the football field or in the bedroom, in our great Mr. Shakespeare, in our classroom or the courtroom, or in a sneeze.

About Marjorie Garber

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Marjorie Garber is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of English and Director of the Center for Literary and Cultural Studies at Harvard. Among her books are Vested Interests, Coming of Age in Shakespeare, and Shakespeare's Ghost Writers, all available from Routledge.
Published April 8, 1998 by Routledge. 256 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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Deft, funny and suggestive, these excursions into America are bound together only in the lightest of ways: all of the ""symptoms"" Garber (Vice Versa;

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Marjorie Garber's Symptoms of Culture is a witty book that makes for an entertaining and graciously intelligent read through some notable icons and events of popular American culture.

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