Visiting Scholar Sharon Marcus presents “Reading As If For Death” September 20

Visiting scholar Sharon Marcus, Orlando Harriman Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, presents an in person lecture “Reading As If For Death,” September 20 from 5:30-6:30 PM at the UW-Madison Center for Humanities.

In this Humanities Without Boundaries talk, Marcus will ask, how can long-form novels represent the truncated time horizon of imminent death? What can literature teach us about how to inhabit the time between learning we are likely to die and dying? Through a reading of Nevil Shute’s 1957 novel On the Beach that toggles between the personal and the philosophical, Marcus will examine the contribution that this little-read work can make to our understanding of how to make life meaningful in the face of its finitude.

More information is available here: https://humanities.wisc.edu/events/entry/sharon-marcus

Please note that this event will be hosted in-person. We ask all attendees to wear a mask upon entry and for the duration of the talk.

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