THIS EVENT WILL BE LIVE-STREAMED
Stephen Greenblatt, author of the bestselling Shakespeare biography Will of the World, discusses his forthcoming book, The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve, about “the most influential and successful story ever written.” One of the founders of New Historicism, an approach to criticism focused on literature’s historical context, Greenblatt is a Harvard professor whose many influential books include The Swerve: How the World Became Modern, winner of the Pulitzer Prize. He gives the keynote talk of the Fictions of History conference.
Greenblatt describes his lecture, Getting Real: The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve: "The three great monotheisms, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, all trace the origin of humankind to a single identifiable male and female. Their story, probably dating from early in the first millennium BCE and told in the book of Genesis, is one of the most important imaginative inventions in recorded history. My lecture attempts to account for this invention’s remarkable success, to describe the great collective project of making the first humans real, and to analyze the story’s gradual loss of credibility."
Presented with the Critical Theory Certificate Program, the Writers’ Institute, and the Center for the Humanities.