Marjorie Garber (1944–) from “Greatness,” Symptoms of Culture (1998)

  • Lee Morrissey


“Greatness” as a term is today both an inflated and a deflated currency, shading over into categories of notoriety, transcendence, and some version of the postmodern fifteen minutes of fame. The modern cultural fantasy about heroes and greatness is a symptom of desire and loss: a desire for identifiable and objective standards, and a nostalgia for hierarchy, whether of rank or merit.


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