Celebrate John Garrison’s New Book at Writers@Grinnell on Feb. 7
Time: 8 p.m.
Date: Thursday, Feb. 7
Place: Faulconer Gallery, Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, 1108 Park St., Grinnell
“Shakespeare and the Afterlife” explores what happens after death within Shakespeare's work, including his well-known plays and poems, as well as less frequently studied or performed works. Garrison covers some of the most memorable moments in Shakespeare’s plays: ghosts, witches, demons and characters who seem to return from the dead.
Garrison has written the first book-length study of this topic, synthesizing existing research on death, the supernatural, religion and memory, and tackling the enduring question: What happens after death?
Garrison’s teaching focuses on the literature and culture of the English Renaissance, with a specialization on the work of Shakespeare. His areas of expertise include English literature before 1700; gender and sexuality studies; memory studies; and queer theory. Professor Garrison is the author of “Friendship and Queer Theory in the Renaissance,” “Glass,” “Shakespeare at Peace” (co-authored with Kyle Pivetti), and “Shakespeare and the Afterlife.”
He is also co-editor of two essay collections, “Sexuality and Memory in Early Modern England: Literature and the Erotics of Recollection” and the forthcoming “Making Milton: Writing, Publication, Reception,” co-edited with Emma Depledge and Marissa Nicosia, under contract with Oxford University Press.
Garrison has held fellowships from the American Philosophical Society, Beinecke Library at Yale University, California Humanities Institute, Council of Independent Colleges/Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Folger Shakespeare Library, Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin, Medieval Academy of America, Medieval Association of the Pacific, National Endowment for the Humanities and Chicago’s Newberry Library.