ONLINE SEMINAR
November 15 | Bold, Brilliant Broads: The Poets

In this seminar we’ll read a range of poets from the 19th to the 21st centuries. We will consider how the medium of poetry allowed these bold, brilliant broads to articulate new ways of describing their worlds and their experiences, of understanding and expressing identity, of examining the self, and of seeking a sense of belonging.

When:  Six weekly sessions on Sundays at 2 p.m. Eastern, starting November 15, 2020; emailed questions and commentary sent Mondays and Wednesdays, starting November 9.

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.

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

All online seminar payments are nonrefundable.

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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.

TEXTS

Wendy will provide web links to the poems to be discussed.

Poems by Christina Rossetti, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Emily Dickinson, Edna St. Millay, Elizabeth Bishop, Wisława Szymborska, Adrienne Rich, Maya Angelou, Louise Glück, Mary Oliver, Jane Kenyon, Rai Kaur, Luci Tapahonso, Natalie Diaz, and Layli Long Soldier.

As the 20th century unfolded and the search began to find words and images to capture a world that seemed fractured and at odds with itself, of people who seemed fractured and at odds with themselves, women turned to writing poetry to capture the nuances of their lived experiences.

In this seminar we’ll explore how poetry allowed them to envision and articulate aspects of a new and unfolding world. We’ll begin with a study of how 19th-century poets, including Christina Rossetti, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and Emily Dickinson, prepared the way for their 20th-century counterparts. We then consider how in and through the writing of Edna St. Millay, Elizabeth Bishop, Wisława Szymborska, Adrienne Rich, Maya Angelou, Louise Glück, Mary Oliver and Jane Kenyon, poets articulated new understandings of the the self and its worlds.

And we’ll conclude by reflecting on the ways these writers have in turn set the stage of 21st-century women poets, including Rai Kaur, Luci Tapahonso, Natalie Diaz and Layli Long Soldier. We will consider the ways that this medium allowed these bold, brilliant broads to articulate new ways of understanding and expressing identity, of understanding place, and of seeking a sense of belonging.

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 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. Sundays we will meet online at 2 p.m. for discussion. Bring your questions, concerns and considerations to the table as we explore the works of the writer for that week.

All online seminar payments are nonrefundable.

Image credit: Natalie Diaz by Jamestroud on Wikipedia

Additional information

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Standard registration, Toronto Pursuits 2020 credit

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