ONLINE SEMINAR
April 17 | Edith Wharton’s New York Novels

C$ 350.00

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Writing in the shadows of Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë and George Eliot, and in response to the novels of Thomas Hardy, James Joyce and Henry James, Edith Wharton in her New York Novels—The House of Mirth, The Custom of the Country, and The Age of Innocence—created a new image and idea of the modern woman.

Lily Bart, Undine Spragg and the Countess Olenska were characters unlike others that had been seen on the page. Independent and strong-willed, their stories would bear witness to changes in the roles of women on the page and in the world. In this seminar, we’ll take on and take up Wharton’s women through a close reading of these three novels as we consider the role that family and money, fate and free will, privilege and responsibility play in shaping the lives of 20th century women.

The seminar will be read-as-you-go.

When: Six weekly sessions on Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. Eastern, starting April 17, 2021

Duration: 2 hours per session

Cost: C$350 plus 13% HST (approx. US$273 plus 13% HST)

Group Size: 12-participant limit

How: We will be using Zoom; you will receive instructions on how to join upon registration. For your privacy, all our Zoom seminars are password-protected and are never recorded.

All seminar payments are nonrefundable. If you are interested in applying your Toronto Pursuits 2020 deposit to this seminar, please contact us.

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Description

LEADER

Wendy O’Brien is a philosopher with over 30 years’ experience teaching in academic and non-academic environments, including Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of Waterloo, Harvard, Oxford and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Her work explores subjects including power, violence, the relation to the Other, home, silence, and creativity. She is presently working on a long-term project on the concept of wonder. An active member of the Ontario literary scene, she has been an interviewer for organizations including By the Lake Book Club, the Toronto International Festival of Authors and GritLit, as well as hosting Bourbon and Books book club in both Toronto and Hamilton.

BOOKS

Three Novels of New York: The House of Mirth, The Custom of the Country, The Age of Innocence, by Edith Wharton, with introduction by Jonathan Franzen

(Penguin Classics 150th anniversary edition, 2012)
ISBN-13: 978-0143106555

Please be sure to obtain this edition.

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Writing in the shadows of Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë and George Eliot, and in response to the novels of Thomas Hardy, James Joyce and Henry James, Edith Wharton in her New York Novels—The House of Mirth, The Custom of the Country, and The Age of Innocence—created a new image and idea of the modern woman.

Lily Bart, Undine Spragg and the Countess Olenska were characters unlike others that had been seen on the page. Independent and strong-willed, their stories would bear witness to changes in the roles of women on the page and in the world. In this seminar, we’ll take on and take up Wharton’s women through a close reading of these three novels as we consider the role that family and money, fate and free will, privilege and responsibility play in shaping the lives of 20th-century women.

The seminar will be read-as-you-go.

All online seminar payments are nonrefundable.

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