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DELVE FOR WRITERS:Coetzee and Han: Point of View

March 7 - April 18, 2023 (no meeting March 28), Tuesdays, 6:00-8:00 p.m. (six sessions)
925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205


In this Delve for writers, we’ll consider two provocative books, both written outside the U.S., J.M. Coetzee’s The Lives of Animals (republished within his novel Elizabeth Costello) and Han Kang’s The Vegetarian, translated by Deborah Smith. Both books consider the ethics of eating animals and the central place of violence in the everyday. Both also approach their protagonists—the scholar Elizabeth Costello and the vegetarian Yeong-hye—from points of view that are as revealing of the fictions’ central consciousnesses and dominant cultures as they are their central characters and the stances they take within their social environments. With a focus on point of view in fiction and, for nonfiction writers, narrative distance and the divided self, this six-week Delve will ask writers to learn all they can from these two provocative fictions, create complex and divided narrators of their own, write about matters dear to them, and then read carefully and comment on the work of their peers.

Access Program
We want our classes to be accessible to everyone, regardless of income and background. We understand that our tuition structure can present obstacles for some people. Our Access Program offers class registrations at a reduced rate. The access program for writing classes covers 60% of the class tuition. Most writing classes have at least one access spot available.

Please apply here for access rate tuition. Contact Susan Moore at susan@literary-arts.org if you have questions.

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DELVE: Coetzee and Han
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Scott Korb

Winner of a 2021 Oregon Literary Fellowship, Scott Korb is director of the MFA in Writing at Pacific University and an advisory editor of Northwest Review. His books include The Faith Between Us, Life in Year One, and Light without Fire. Scott is also an editor of The Harriet Jacobs Family Papers and Gesturing Toward Reality: David Foster Wallace and Philosophy. His essays and criticism have appeared widely, including in Harper’s, The New York Times, The LA Review of Books, Guernica, and elsewhere.
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