The Ordeal of Citizenship: Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” and Mid-Century American Culture
Prof. Michael Grimwood
Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” is one of the most widely read short stories in American literature, but it has also often been censored, shunned, and misunderstood. Michael Grimwood will present evidence of its multivalent relevancy to a variety of cultural phenomena in the United States in the 1940s and 1950s — including the post-World War II politics of loyalty and treason, a contemporary literary and cinematic obsession with solidarity and defection, the emergence of game theory, and contemporary philosophical discourse about politics and language.
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