“The Age of the Crisis of Man”
Wednesday, February 1, 2017, 4-5 p.m. (reception begins at 3:30 p.m.)
Location: 311 Glasscock Building, Texas A&M University • Directions and parking
Free and open to the public.
Mark Greif was awarded the 18th Annual Susanne M. Glasscock Humanities Book Prize for Interdisciplinary Scholarship for his book The Age of the Crisis of Man: Thought and Fiction in America, 1933-1973, published by the Princeton University Press in 2015.
Greif received a B.A. from Harvard in History and Literature and an M.Phil. from Oxford in English as a British Marshall Scholar. He earned a Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University. Greif is currently an Associate Professor of Literary Studies at the New School in New York. He started his journalism career as a Writing Fellow at the political magazine The American Prospect. In 2004, he co-founded the literary and intellectual journal n+1, and became a principal at the magazine. His essays from n+1 have been chosen for Best American Essays twice. Greif’s criticism and journalism have appeared in publications including London Review of Books, New York Times, Boston Globe, TLS, New York Times Book Review, Harper’s, Guardian (UK), New Statesman, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Die Welt, Courrier International, Etiqueta Negra, Village Voice, Dissent, and n+1. In 2010, he was elected a member of the New York Institute of the Humanities at NYU. In 2013-2014, he was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, in its School of Social Science. In 2015, he was awarded a Ryskamp Research Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies, and is currently a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford.
Greif’s book, The Age of the Crisis of Man: Thought and Fiction in America, 1933-1973, provides a new picture of literature and intellectual thought in the mid-twentieth century. In mid-century America intellectuals of all schools believed that human nature was under threat resulting in a glut of dense, abstract books on the “nature of man.” This “age of the crisis of man,” as Mark Greif calls it, was not simply a historical curiosity. Greif recalls this forgotten cultural episode showing how it not only influenced society, politics, and culture during World War II, but also before and long after the war. As one reader states “with impressive research that combines the work of better-known thinkers with some largely forgotten texts, Greif provides a detailed history of ‘the crisis of man,’ which marked the nation’s self-analysis in the twentieth-century United States.
Book Prize Outside Reader Lecture
Thursday, February 2, 2017, 4-5 p.m. (reception at 3:30)
“The Proletarian Prometheus”
SABINE HAKE | Texas Chair of German Literature and Culture, University of Texas at Austin
Location: 311 Glasscock Building
About the Susanne M. Glasscock Humanities Book Prize for Interdisciplinary Scholarship
The Glasscock Book Prize, first awarded in 1999, originated by the Texas A&M Center for Humanities Research, was permanently endowed in December 2000 by Melbern G. Glasscock ’59 and his wife Susanne M. Glasscock, for whom the prize is now named.
Submissions for the 19th Annual Book Prize are due by June 15, 2018.
Directions and Parking:
311 Glasscock Building, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843-4214
The closest parking is in the Central Campus Garage (CCG) on the campus of Texas A&M University. Enter on Spence Street from Lubbock Street. Proceed through gate (gate will lift automatically). Proceed through stop sign. Turn left into Central Campus Garage entrance and take a ticket at the gate.
Google Maps directions from intersection of University Dr. and Texas Ave. to Central Campus Garage (CCG).