ONLINE SEMINAR
September 24 | The Perfect Nanny

$150.00

“The baby is dead.” Leila Slimani’s novel The Perfect Nanny (published as Chanson douce in the original French) takes us over the cliff with its first sentence. As we make our way through the novel, we climb back up, trying to figure out how we got there in the first place. Or perhaps more important, why we got there. For many readers, this is the central question of Slimani’s psychological study of the Massé family, especially the mother Myriam, and their nanny Louise. This question raises many others about our expectations of crime stories and our need for reasons and explanations for violence. Is it possible for an act such as Louise’s to have no motive? In this seminar we will take on these questions. We’ll also work in discussions about how the media portrays crime and how we consume it, and the challenges of translation.

If you are interested in this seminar but the timing does not work for your time zone, please contact Melanie.

When: Two sessions; session 1 is September 24 at 10 a.m. Eastern / 7 a.m. Pacific, and session 2 is October 1 at 2 p.m. Eastern / 11 a.m. Pacific

Duration: 2 hours per session

Cost: C$150 plus 13% HST (approx. US$105 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.

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LEADER

Melanie Blake is the executive director of Classical Pursuits. She reads widely in francophone literature and has a special love for the thrillers of Fred Vargas and Georges Simenon. She has led seminars for Classical Pursuits on Albert Camus, literary memoir, WWI poetry and much more, and will be leading trips to Paris in spring 2023. She has a BA in English from Fordham University, with a minor in French language and literature from Fordham and the Université de Montpellier, and an MA in literary linguistics from the University of Nottingham.

BOOKS

The Perfect Nanny, by Leila Slimani
(Penguin, 2018/2019)
ISBN-13 : 978-0143132172

Please be sure to obtain this edition/this translation, and not the book by Cole Baxter.

We encourage you to support local bookstores or other independent sellers, especially as alternatives to Amazon.

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In the US and Canada, try Powell’s Books, IndieBound, and Thiftbooks (used books only in Canada).

In Canada, try McNally Robinson.

“The baby is dead.” Leila Slimani’s novel The Perfect Nanny (published as Chanson douce in the original French) takes us over the cliff with its first sentence. As we make our way through the novel, we climb back up, trying to figure out how we got there in the first place. Or perhaps more important, why we got there. For many readers, this is the central question of Slimani’s psychological study of the Massé family, especially the mother Myriam, and their nanny Louise. This question raises many others about our expectations of crime stories and our need for reasons and explanations for violence. Is it possible for an act such as Louise’s to have no motive? In this seminar we will take on these questions. We’ll also work in discussions about how the media portrays crime and how we consume it, and the challenges of translation.

Online seminar payments are nonrefundable. Discount codes must be used at the time of purchase.

All seminars are subject to minimum enrollment of 7 participants. By participating in any seminar, registrants agree to abide by the Classical Pursuits code of conduct.

 

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