Ivonne Saed is a graphic designer, photographer, and writer who explores the crossroads between the visual and the textual within the Humanities, both in her own professional creation as well as in teaching. She published the novel Triple crónica de un nombre (Triple Chronicle of a Name)—Juan Rulfo National Award for First Novel in Mexico—and the non-fiction book Sobre Paul Auster: Autoría, distopía y textualidad (On Paul Auster: Authorship, Dystopia and Textuality). She has co-authored other fiction and nonfiction books and has published book reviews, photos and stories in journals such as Reforma and Crónica, in Mexico, and Literal Magazine, in the US. Ivonne’s photographs have been shown in galleries in the United States, Mexico, and Turkey. Her first documentary Naïve premiered in March 2011 as part of Object Stories, a Portland Art Museum project. She came to Oregon in 2003 as a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence and has taught graphic design, literature, and interdisciplinary courses at Universidad Iberoamericana, Chemeketa Community College, Marylhurst University, among other institutions.
This winter, Ivonne will be leading British Perspectives: Martin Amis, Ian McEwan, and Julian Barnes. Here is what she has to say about the seminar!
Q: What interests/excites you about the author(s) your Delve is focused on?
A: Martin Amis, Ian McEwan and Julian Barnes are all authors of elegant prose who explore existential questions of the human condition in their fiction in ways that are different than those of American writers.
Q: What can participants expect to happen in your Delve seminar?
A: Have thought provoking and insightful conversations about these authors’ narrative, both in terms of form and content, and find connections to other books by them as well as by other writers.
Q: What do you think is the best way to have a good Delve experience in your seminar?
A: To read the assigned sections of the book before each session, and write notes about your impressions, so you can share your thoughts and listen to what other participants found or were curious or more interested about.
Q: What do you like most about being a Delve guide?
A: The dialog, the rich discussion with intelligent people who are passionate about literature. Gaining new perspectives on works I already know.