ONLINE SEMINAR
January 9 | Simone de Beauvoir’s The Mandarins

How do we live in the aftermath of world-altering events? How do we live with others, in light of all that they have done or failed to do? How do we live with ourselves? These are the questions Simone de Beauvoir explores in The Mandarins. Winner of the Goncourt Prize, France's highest literary award, in 1954, this novel has been to a great extent forgotten. Now, as the questions she raises and the ideas she explores in this work seem once again pressing, we'll undertake a careful reading of this novel and the ideas that informed it.

In addition to the weekly discussion, participants will receive, via online links and pdf files, relevant readings concerning the historical time period in which this novel is situated as well from other of Beauvoir's texts .

When: Six weekly sessions on Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. Eastern, starting January 9, 2021

Duration: 2 hours per session

Cost: C$350 plus 13% HST (approx. US$270 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 after registration. For your privacy, all our Zoom seminars are password-protected and are never recorded.

The seminar will be read-as-you-go. All online seminar payments are nonrefundable.

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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 Mandarins, by Simone de Beauvoir
(W. W. Norton, 1999)
ISBN-13: 978-0393318838

We encourage you to get the Norton edition if possible. If you have trouble finding that edition in Canada, this Harper edition is also fine:

The Mandarins, by Simone de Beauvoir
(Harper Perennial/HarperCollins, 2005)
ISBN-13: 978-0007203949

 

We encourage you to support local bookstores or other independent sellers. In the US, try Bookshop.org. In Canada, try McNally Robinson or Indigo.

“In a way, literature is truer than life.”

– Simone de Beauvoir, The Mandarins

How do we live in the aftermath of world-altering events? How do we live with others, in light of all that they have done or failed to do? How do we live with ourselves? These are the questions Simone de Beauvoir explores in The Mandarins. Winner of the Goncourt Prize, France’s highest literary award, in 1954, this novel has been to a great extent forgotten. Now, as the questions she raises and the ideas she explores in this work seem once again pressing, we’ll undertake a careful reading of this novel and the ideas that informed it.

The seminar will be read-as-you-go.

All online seminar payments are nonrefundable.

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Standard registration, Toronto Pursuits 2020 credit

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