ONLINE SEMINAR
March 17 | Ian McEwan’s Atonement

$175.00

Ian McEwan’s modern masterpiece, Atonement, shines a light on overlooked commonplaces. Indeed, it requires us to wonder at the practice of story telling—to wonder at the effects of the stories we tell. Raising questions about the limits of perception, the power of imagination, and the responsibility for words, this seminar will undertake a close reading of this novel. It will explore the epistemology of narration and the possibility of/for an ethics of storytelling.

When: Three weekly sessions on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. Eastern, starting March 17, 2021

Duration: 2 hours per session

Cost: C$175 plus 13% HST (approx. US$135 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.

BOOK

Atonement, by Ian McEwan
(Vintage Canada, 2002)
ISBN-13: 978-0676974560

This edition is encouraged but not required.

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“A story was a form of telepathy. By means of inking symbols onto a page, she was able to send thoughts and feelings from her mind to her reader’s. It was a magical process, so commonplace that no one stopped to wonder at it.”

How rare it is indeed to marvel, to wonder, at the process of story telling. How quickly do we begin to tell a tale and how rarely do we consider how it has been constructed and or reflect upon its possible effects. Ian McEwan’s modern masterpiece, Atonement, shines a light on these overlooked commonplaces. Indeed, it requires us to wonder at the practice of story telling—to wonder at the effects of the stories we tell. Raising questions about the limits of perception, the power of imagination, and the responsibility for words, this seminar will undertake a close reading of this novel. It will explore the epistemology of narration and the possibility of/for an ethics of storytelling.

The seminar will be read-as-you-go. Read more in our recent interview with Wendy.

All online seminar payments are nonrefundable.

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