ONLINE SEMINAR
September 27 | Bold, Brilliant Broads: American Women of Letters, Part II

Twenty-first-century women essayists have taken up the challenge posed to them by their 20th-century counterparts to rethink the role of the public intellectual. But they have done so in an era marked by the rise of a (re)new individualism. As such, we’ve witnessed a return of the essay in the form it was first practiced by Montaigne. In this seminar we consider the re-writing/re-envisioning of the personal essay in the 21st century, exploring the works of Jia Tolentino, Leslie Jamison, Emilie Pine, Saidiya Hartman, Rachel Cusk, Nora Ephron and Sara Ahmed. We’ll consider how the essay — its form and content — has come to negotiate the private/public divide and structure the narratives of women’s lives in an era of fractured and fragmented identity.

NB: You do not have to have participated in Bold, Brilliant Broads: American Women of Letters, part I, to take part in this seminar.

When:  Six weekly sessions on Sundays, starting September 27 at 2 p.m. Eastern; emailed questions and commentary sent Mondays and Wednesdays, starting September 20.

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.

SPECIAL OFFER: Register for both Montaigne and Bold, Brilliant Broads: American Women of Letters, part II, and take $100 off the total pre-tax price. Choose the Great Essayists Promo Pack when registering.

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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.

READINGS

A selection of essays by the writers listed. Wendy will be providing the essays via PDF.

Twenty-first-century women essayists have taken up the challenge posed to them by their 20th-century counterparts to rethink the role of the public intellectual. But they have done so in an era marked by the rise of a (re)new individualism. As such, we’ve witnessed a return of the essay in the form it was first practiced by Montaigne. In this seminar we consider the re-writing/re-envisioning of the personal essay in the 21st century, exploring the works of Jia Tolentino, Leslie Jamison, Emilie Pine, Saidiya Hartman, Rachel Cusk, Nora Ephron and Sara Ahmed. We’ll consider how the essay — its form and content — has come to negotiate the private/public divide and structure the narratives of women’s lives in an era of fractured and fragmented identity.

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.

NB: You do not have to have participated in Bold, Brilliant Broads: American Women of Letters, part I, to take part in this seminar.

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 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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