The Power of Literature in a Time of Crisis

Joseph Luzzi – Bard College

As we’ve seen increased participation in online dance parties, workouts and other gatherings a little mentioned growing community is that of reading groups. As the pandemic deepens and all of us feel the desire to escape, it is logical that these communities would expand. But what is it about literature that brings people together during terrible circumstances? How does a catastrophe shape our understanding of the power of great literature?