June 5 | Novels of Elizabeth Bowen
Described by John Banville as the master of “hidden things,” the Anglo-Irish writer Elizabeth Bowen explores the effects of the forgotten the nature of secrets and the logic of betrayal. It seems ironic, as such, that to a great extent they have themselves been lost, have disappeared over time. Rediscover three of her most remarkable novels.
The seminar will be read-as-you-go.
When: Six weekly sessions on Saturdays at 1:00 p.m. Eastern, starting June 5, 2021 | Please note revised starting time!
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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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.
The House in Paris, by Elizabeth Bowen
The Death of the Heart, by Elizabeth Bowen
The Heat of the Day, by Elizabeth Bowen
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What are the things that we hide? What do we hide from others? What do we hide from ourselves? And why? If every secret seeks to be told, and hence every hidden thing seeks to be revealed, well, why do we bother? What is this … well, is it an instinct, impulse, indifference or intent? While the answers to these questions might themselves seem shrouded, their effects are all too evident in political and personal histories.
These are the questions, this is the project that was taken up in the remarkable novels of Elizabeth Bowen. Described by John Banville as the master of “hidden things,” her works explore the effects of the forgotten the nature of secrets and the logic of betrayal. It seems ironic, as such, that to a great extent they have themselves been lost, have disappeared over time.
In this seminar we recover, we rediscover the hidden via a careful reading of three of Bowen’s greatest novels: A House in Paris, The Heat of the Day and The Death of the Heart.
The seminar will be read-as-you-go.
All online seminar payments are nonrefundable.
Classical Pursuits does not record Zoom seminars and asks participants to refrain from making their own recordings.
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