Post Tagged with: "toronto pursuits 2016"

GETTING TO KNOW YOU—Toronto Pursuits Leader Zoë Eisenman

GETTING TO KNOW YOU—Toronto Pursuits Leader Zoë Eisenman

Zoë comes to us from Chicago and is greatly looking forward to coming to Toronto for the first time to lead the discussion of Sophocles’ Theban plays in her seminar The Fall of the House of Oedipus. The three plays trace the fall of a great king and the subsequent […]

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Savoir-Faire in the First Chapter of The Ambassadors

Savoir-Faire in the First Chapter of The Ambassadors

A guest blog post by Jonathan Rowan   She waited for him in the garden . . . drawing on a pair of singularly fresh soft and elastic light gloves and presenting herself with a superficial readiness which, as he approached her over the small smooth lawn and in the […]

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The Mythic and Intimate in the American West

The Mythic and Intimate in the American West

A guest blog post by Mark Cwik I’ve been reading quite a bit in the last few months about the frontier and the American West, and I’m struck by how deep, pervasive and suggestive the idea of the West is for us in North America. It is almost impossible to […]

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Exile and Identity in Pnin and The Book of Negroes

Exile and Identity in Pnin and The Book of Negroes

A guest post by Nella Cotrupi The themes of human displacement and migration dominate our media today. The dramatic photos and headlines, like the ravaged lives they depict, are inescapable. In Canada, many community groups have sprouted up to focus on providing support and, in many cases, legal sponsorship to […]

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GUEST BLOG—Death in Venice: What Price Metamorphosis? by Tom Jones

GUEST BLOG—Death in Venice: What Price Metamorphosis? by Tom Jones

  We have lingered in the chambers of the sea By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown Till human voices wake us, and we drown. – T.S. Eliot, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”   What is the nature of art and the artist? Is art to be […]

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GUEST BLOG—Beauty’s Vivifying Force by Betty Ann Jordan

GUEST BLOG—Beauty’s Vivifying Force by Betty Ann Jordan

“Beauty comes to us, with no work of our own; then leaves us prepared to undergo a giant labour.” — Elaine Scarry As a young art student in the early 1970s, I acquired as my first reproduction to adorn the wall of my apartment White Plumes by Henri Matisse. A […]

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GUEST BLOG—The Deliciously Dark World of Film Noir by David Schmitt

GUEST BLOG—The Deliciously Dark World of Film Noir by David Schmitt

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity. from “The Second Coming” William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)   Look […]

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GUEST BLOG—Oedipus: An Identity Crisis by Zoë Eisenman

GUEST BLOG—Oedipus: An Identity Crisis by Zoë Eisenman

“Who are you?” – the Caterpillar, Alice in Wonderland “And you may ask yourself, Am I right? Or am I wrong? And you may say to yourself, My God! What have I done?!” – Talking Heads, “Once in a Lifetime” When most people think of the story of Oedipus, they […]

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GUEST BLOG—Five Reasons to Read Dickens’s Our Mutual Friend by Nancy Carr

GUEST BLOG—Five Reasons to Read Dickens’s Our Mutual Friend by Nancy Carr

Dickens’s last completed novel, Our Mutual Friend, is one of his most complex and ambitious works. It includes everything you’d expect from Dickens—a huge cast of characters, a convoluted plot, extremes of emotion, and a vivid depiction of life in Victorian London. (Did you know, for instance, that private “dustmen” […]

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GUEST BLOG—The Truth of Myth by Stuart Patterson

GUEST BLOG—The Truth of Myth by Stuart Patterson

We’ve just passed into autumn. Depending on where you are, you’ll be seeing familiar changes sooner or later—shorter days, chillier nights, life going indoors, nature just shutting down all over—and we’ll think about how Persephone has left us again for the underworld. That’s likely not how you think of the […]

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