ONLINE SEMINAR
August 29 | Montaigne: On the Art in/of Writing the Self

Michel Montaigne not only developed the form of the essay, he also provided his readers with a way to read and ultimately to write the self. How are these two accomplishments intertwined? What did he teach us of the writing of memoir? How did he change our understanding of the self? In this seminar we undertake a careful reading of key essays in Montaigne’s Collected Works, reflecting on these questions and considering his descriptions of pain, his meditations on solitude, his exploration of morality and his reflections on death. As we explore these themes, we’ll investigate the theory of the self he develops in and through his writings.

When:  Six weekly sessions on Saturdays at 2 p.m. Eastern, starting August 29, 2020; emailed questions and commentary on Mondays and Wednesdays, starting August 24

Duration: 2 hours per session plus email support as described above

Cost: C$350 plus 13% HST (Approx. US$250 plus 13% HST)

Group Size: 12-participant limit

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

All online seminar payments are nonrefundable.

Select your registration below; please use the Toronto Pursuits credit option only if you are a registered Toronto Pursuits 2020 participant who wants to put your deposit or previous payment toward an online seminar.

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Description

LEADER

Dr. 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

The Complete Works, by Michel de Montaigne, translated by Donald M. Frame
(Everyman’s Library, 2003)
ISBN-13: 978-1400040216

Michel Montaigne not only developed the form of the essay, he also provided his readers with a way to read and ultimately to write the self. How are these two accomplishments intertwined? What did he teach us of the writing of memoir? How did he change our understanding of the self? In this seminar we undertake a careful reading of key essays in Montaigne’s Collected Works, reflecting on these questions and considering his descriptions of pain, his meditations on solitude, his exploration of morality and his reflections on death. As we explore these themes, we’ll investigate the theory of the self he develops in and through his writings.

It’s everything you love about learning with Classical Pursuits — consistent focus on the text, emphasis on exploring meaning together, and a leader who asks questions to get you thinking — in virtual form.

Structure

Each Monday participants will receive an email that will contain an overview of the next session. This will include background information,  resources to further your study, and a list of questions to consider. On Wednesdays, Wendy will follow up with any further questions or information that you might find helpful in preparation for our conversation. Saturdays we will meet online at 2 p.m. for a discussion.

All online seminar payments are nonrefundable.

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Additional information

Choose your registration type

Standard registration, Toronto Pursuits 2020 credit, Great Essayists Promo Pack

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