Symptoms of Culture
The symptoms of culture are the anxieties that underlie modern life: the instability of gender roles, the mystery of female sexuality, the enigma of authority, the desire for greatness in ourselves and our heroes. With style, learning, and wit, Marjorie Garber teases out the symptoms of our cultural discomfort -- the troubles lurking in our pleasures, and even the pleasures we take in what makes us itch. 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 Jell-O or in Charlotte's marvelous web, on the football field or in the bedroom, in our great Mr. Shakespeare, in the classroom or the courtroom, or in a sneeze.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Shakespeare as Fetish
Albright Alsemero American Anita Hill anti-Semitism athletes baseball basketball Beatrice-Joanna become Benny best bed Bible Boston Globe Bryan called century Charlotte's Web Christian Cited claim coach Court creationism cultural Darrow Darwin declared described Edition essay evolution fact fake famous fantasy fetish film football Gentile Gentleman's Agreement ghost Giamatti Hamlet hero Hobson Hollywood Ibid identity Inherit the Wind Jell-O Jell-O box Jewish Jews Julius kosher Laura Z letters London Madeleine Madeleine Albright mimesis Miss Wales monkey movie noted Olivier orgasm perhaps Phil play players pleasure political Promise Keepers psychoanalysis question quoted religious Roman numerals scene Scopes trial second-best bed seems Senator sexual Shakespeare Sigmund Freud sneeze story symbol symptoms Syndrome teaching theory thing Thomas tion University Press voice W.H. Auden Wilbur William woman women word writing wrote yarmulkes York