John S. Garrison
Fellow: Awarded 2021
Field of Study: English Literature
Competition: US & Canada
John S. Garrison’s work explores the interplay between desire, identity, and memory. He is Professor of English at Grinnell College, where he teaches courses on Renaissance culture and literature. He also teaches courses in literature at the Newton Correctional Facility through the Liberal Arts in Prison Program. Garrison is co-editor of three essay collections and author of five books, as well as co-editor of the series Spotlight on Shakespeare. He is the recipient of numerous fellowships and prizes, including two grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Recent books include Glass (Bloomsbury, 2015), which meditates on how we project our fantasies onto and through this everyday material, and Shakespeare and the Afterlife (Oxford University Press, 2018), which contemplates what the playwright can tell us about how we reconcile ourselves to mortality. He has published in a wide range of journals and magazines, including Asimov’s Science Fiction, The Atlantic, GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, Literary Hub, and Shakespeare. His current project asks what Shakespeare’s sonnets might help us see about the relationship between pleasure and recollection.
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