ONLINE SEMINAR
June 28 | William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!

$275.00

Absalom, Absalom! is as fully realized an expression as William Faulkner ever produced of the themes to which he obsessively returned: race, patriarchy, history, memory, and the limitations of language and narrative. A novel that demands and rewards close reading, Absalom, Absalom! is one of American modernism’s monuments.

When: Four weekly sessions on Mondays at 7:00 p.m. Eastern, starting June 28, 2021

Duration: 2 hours per session

Cost: C$275 plus 13% HST (approx. US$215 plus 13% HST)

Group Size: 12-participant limit

How: We meet on Zoom; you will receive joining instructions approx. 3 weeks before the seminar start date. For your privacy, all our Zoom seminars are password-protected and are never recorded. See full conditions at the bottom of this page.

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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LEADERS

Mike Levine is an independent editor. He was previously an acquisitions editor at Northwestern University Press. Among the authors he published were Jen Beagin (Whiting Award winner), A. E. Stallings (National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry, finalist), and Stephen Karam (Pulitzer Prize in Drama, finalist). He has also been a senior editor at the Great Books Foundation. Since 2000, he has taught literature and film seminars in several continuing education programs.

BOOKS

Absalom, Absalom! The Corrected Text, by William Faulkner
(Vintage, 1991)
ISBN-13 : 978-0679732181

Please be sure to obtain this edition.

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Whether Absalom, Absalom! is Faulkner’s greatest novel is a matter of debate, but it is undoubtedly as fully realized an expression as he ever produced of the themes to which he obsessively returned: race, patriarchy, history, memory, and the limitations of language and narrative. At the centre of the novel is Thomas Sutpen, who has come to Yoknapatawpha County in the 1830s, along with a band of French-speaking slaves, intent on establishing its biggest plantation as well as a family dynasty. While some of what transpires is indisputable, much of it remains as shrouded in mystery as Sutpen’s origins.

More than accounts of Sutpen’s life, the stories told by the novel’s four narrators — Quentin Compson, his father, his roommate Shreve, and Rosa Coldfield — constitute a searching critique of both the myth-making that sustained the identity of the Old South and the assumptions on which narrative authority rests. When Quentin isn’t narrating, he’s listening, and the novel, as Faulkner described it, is Quentin “trying to get God to tell him why.” The question at which the stories always arrive – answers for which the narrators can only find in their imaginations – is motivation. If motivation is unknowable, what can a story be other than an image of the teller? How can history mean something? A novel that demands and rewards close reading, Absalom, Absalom! is one of American modernism’s monuments.

All online seminar payments are nonrefundable.

Classical Pursuits does not record seminars. By participating in any seminar, registrants agree not to make their own seminar recordings and to abide by the Classical Pursuits code of conduct.

 

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