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Delve Online: Ritual, Redemption, and Epiphany

August 5-26, 2020
Wednesdays, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Pacific Time
online via Zoom

This Delve will take place online via Zoom. Participants will receive information about how to connect with Zoom online.

This Delve Seminar explores the common human experiences of redemption and epiphany and the role that ritual can play in ushering in such profound moments. Through our texts, we’ll examine how ritual can be used to protect societal structures as well as shift culture, how the tension between what has been and what might be leads to necessary conflict within the self, and how the power of acute experience ushers in clarity and the capacity for change.

We will read two novellas, The Dead by James Joyce and Babette’s Feast by Isak Dineson (Karen Blixen), and a selection of short stories and poems by Alice Walker, John Gardner, Raymond Carver, and others. Participants are responsible for purchasing their texts. Upon registration, participants should acquire the two texts mentioned here; details about supplemental readings will be provided before the first session.

Texts: Babette’s Feast by Isak Dineson (Karen Blixen)
“The Dead” by James Joyce (available here online for free: https://www.gutenberg.org/files/2814/2814-h/2814-h.htm#chap15, in print as a single story, or in the collection Dubliners.

First Assignment:
Read Babette’s Feast in preparation for our first meeting.

Delve Access Program
We want Delve seminars to be accessible to everyone, regardless of income and background. We understand that our tuition structure can present obstacles for some people. We are happy to offer an Access Program which provides reduced tuition to qualifying participants. Our Access Program offers Delve seminar registrations at a sliding scale amount of $45-$100 per registration.Contact Susan Moore at susan@literary-arts.org if you would like to take a Delve at the Access Rate.

Coleman Stevenson

Coleman Stevenson is the author of Breakfast, The Accidental Rarefication of Pattern #5609, The Dark Exact Tarot Guide, and a book of essays accompanying the card game Metaphysik. A new collection of poems, Light Sleeper, is forthcoming in Summer 2020 from Deep Overstock. Her writing has appeared in a variety of publications such as Seattle Review, Mid-American Review, Louisiana Literature, tarot.com, and the anthology Motionless from the Iron Bridge. In addition to her work as a designer of tarot and oracle decks through her company The Dark Exact, her fine art work, exhibited in galleries around the Pacific Northwest, focuses on the intersections between image and text. She has been a guest curator for various gallery spaces in the Portland, Oregon, area, and has taught poetry, design theory, and cultural studies at a number of different institutions there.
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