Symptoms of Culture

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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.
 

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Contents

An Introduction
1
Greatness
17
TwoPoint Conversion
45
Gentility
75
and the Law
107
Shakespeare
153
Shakespeare as Fetish
167
Roman Numerals
179
SecondBest Bed
199
Notes
237
Permissions
263
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About the author (1998)

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.

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