ONLINE SEMINAR
September 12 | Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina

$350.00

Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina is considered by many to be the greatest novel ever written. Part love story, part sociological study, part philosophical reflection, on its surface it appears to be a heart-wrenching story of an illicit love affair between the title character and Count Vronsky. But part of Tolstoy’s greatness lies in his ability to weave into this plot line a collection of secondary characters and a plethora of relationships. As we see the ripple effects of Anna and Vronsky’s decisions within Anna’s family and social class, we are left with a remarkable meditation on desire and discontent. In this seminar we take up the challenge of a close reading of Tolstoy’s masterpiece from this perspective.

When: Six weekly sessions on Sundays at 2:00 p.m. Eastern, starting September 12, 2021

Duration: 2 hours per session

Cost: C$350 plus 13% HST (approx. US$281 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. All discount codes must be used at time of purchase. If you would like to apply your Toronto Pursuits 2020 deposit to this seminar, please contact us.

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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.

BOOK

Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy, translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
(Penguin Classics, 2004)
ISBN-13: 978-0143035008

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Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina is considered by many to be the greatest novel ever written. Part love story, part sociological study, part philosophical reflection, on its surface it appears to be a heart-wrenching story of an illicit love affair between the title character and Count Vronsky. But part of Tolstoy’s greatness lies in his ability to weave into this plot line a collection of secondary characters and a plethora of relationships, providing multiple perspectives from which to view the repercussions of the lovers’ decision to act on their passion.

As he offers beside the central plot the story of Anna’s brother Stiva and his wife Dolly, and that of Levin and Kitty, Tolstoy challenges readers to consider their assumptions about fidelity, faith and fate. As we witness the ripple effects of Anna and Vronsky’s decisions within Anna’s family and social class, and what they reflect of Russian society as a whole, we consider these themes on a broader scale. We are left with a remarkable meditation on desire and discontent. In this seminar we take up the challenge of undertaking a close reading of Tolstoy’s masterpiece from this perspective.

All online seminar payments are nonrefundable. All discount codes must be used at the time of purchase; no retroactive discounts will be issued.

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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