Musselman Library recently interviewed Professor of English, Temma Berg, for their blog, Next Page. Berg shares which texts have had a lasting influence on her teaching career and scholarship, how a chance meeting created a connection between her and one of her favorite childhood literary characters – Anne of Green Gables, which book she likes to give as a gift to friends who are retiring, and why she might just prefer to open another book rather than host a literary dinner party.
What are you reading now (or have read recently) that you would recommend to a friend or colleague and why?
There are so many books I would recommend but I will settle on Margaret Drabble’s The Red Queen for many reasons but, most of all, because one line in it struck me as one of the truest things I have ever read: “We fear those we have injured, even when we retain power over them.” Circling around questions of punishment and forgiveness, the frailty of memory and the wonders of the archive, the paradoxes of free will and destiny, the intermingling of hope and despair, the perils of power and redemption, the book moves from eighteenth-century Korea to present-day London and Seoul, from King Lear to King Yongjo, from past to present to future.
For the full interview, follow this link.