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Delve: Escape from the Doll’s House

Sun, Sep 1, 2019 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT
925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205

This Delve will examine stories from different literary genres and periods that all uniquely address the topic of personal freedom in conflict with societal pressures and control over the individual. Our texts will include Margaret Atwood’s much anticipated sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, The Testaments, Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep and a selection of poems by various authors. Registration for this Delve includes a ticket to Margaret Atwood in Conversation with Omar El Akkad on September 25th at Keller Auditorium.

Primary Texts:
Margaret Atwood, The Testaments. (Participants should pre-order the new Atwood book if possible to ensure they receive it in time for class readings.)
Henrik Ibsen, A Doll’s House
Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep

First Assignment:
Read Act 1 and 2 of A Doll’s House
Participants are also encouraged to read or refresh their memories of The Handmaid’s Tale prior to this Delve.


Coleman Stevenson is an illustrator, writer, tarot practitioner. She is the artist behind the Dark Exact Tarot Deck and author of two poetry books, Breakfast: 43 Poems and The Accidental Rarefication of Pattern #5609. She is co-curator of The Doppelgänger Museum, a multimedia collaboration with artist and sound designer Aspen Farer. She has taught a variety of subjects at institutions around Portland, including creative writing, literature, folklore, culture & design, and image & text interaction.

Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood, whose work has been published in more than forty-five countries, is the author of more than fifty books of fiction, poetry, critical essays, and graphic novels. In addition to The Handmaid’s Tale, now an award-winning TV series, her novels include Cat’s Eye, short-listed for the 1989 Booker Prize; Alias Grace, which won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy; The Blind Assassin, winner of the 2000 Booker Prize; The MaddAddam Trilogy; The Heart Goes Last; and Hag-Seed. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, the Franz Kafka International Literary Prize, the PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Los Angeles Times Innovator’s Award. In 2019 she was made a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour for services to literature. In 2019, The Testaments won the Booker Prize and was long-listed for The Giller Prize. She lives in Toronto.

Preordering Dearly at this link entitles you to a ticket to the Portland Book Festival virtual event featuring Margaret Atwood with Karen Russell on Tuesday, November 17, at 5:30 p.m. (Pacific). Bpurchasing the book through this link, you will be automatically registered for the virtual event, and Literary Arts will send you an email by the morning of the event containing a link to the event and instructions on how to access it. Your copy of Dearly will ship on the day of the event.
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