Symptoms of Culture

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Taylor & Francis, 1998 - Social Science - 273 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

An Introduction
1
Greatness
17
TwoPoint Conversion
45
kntiliiv
75
Evolution Media
107
Jell0
141
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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