The use and abuse of literature the latest book by the prolific harvard literary scholar marjorie garber is in part about this centripetal movement in artistic appreciation from . The use and abuse of literature purchase book as defining as christopher laschs the culture of narcissism allan blooms the closing of the american mind and dinesh dsouzas illiberal education were to the 1970s 1980s and 1990s respectively marjorie garbers the use and abuse of literature is to our times. Not so argues marjorie garber in the use and abuse of literature an immensely readable yet vastly erudite reflection on the history of literary writing literary criticism and the social . In the use and abuse of literature harvard professor marjorie garber outlines the current state of literature how it is used and misused and why she covers everything from how to define literature . Where at the end of the nineteenth century this use of the term was deemed profane and perverse and thus encased in scare quotes by the late twentieth century the citation is from a 1973
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