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March 2021

Sunday

Mar 14

Delve Readers Seminars Spring 2021

Søren Kierkegaard: What is Our Situation?

Sun, March 14 from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm PDT

In the six meetings of our Delve seminar we will read selections from books by Søren Kierkegaard (1813–1855), a philosopher of the highest importance and influence in general philosophy, moral philosophy, and religious thought. In Western philosophy, he stands with Plato and Nietzsche alone as a literary stylist of the greatest genius. The most familiar characterization of Kierkegaard is that he is the founder of existentialism. In this seminar we will try as best we can to look at him…

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April 2021

Wednesday

Apr 14

BIPOC only Delve Readers Seminars Spring 2021

Five Contemporary Poets: Clifton, Harjo, Komunyaaka and More

Wed, April 14 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT

A Delve for BIPOC participants only A survey of five contemporary poets and their volumes of selected poems. We will focus on each poet’s body of work, starting with Lucille Clifton, then moving through the works of Joy Harjo, Yusef Komunyaaka, Arthur Sze, and Tracy K. Smith. By reading books that collect poems over decades, we will access each poet’s progressions in content, form, and style, as well as comprehensively approach the historical and cultural contexts reflected. Spending significant time…

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Tuesday

Apr 27

Delve Readers Seminars Spring 2021

From Another Angle: Marilynne Robinson’s Home, Lila, and Jack

Tue, April 27 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT

In this seminar we will read Robinson’s third, fourth, and fifth novels, Home, Lila, and Jack. These novels complete the quartet that begins with Gilead. Home takes up the story of one of that novel’s characters, Jack Boughton. Nemesis of Gilead’s narrator John Ames and son of Ames’s best friend, Rev. Robert Boughton, Jack has returned to his childhood home unexpectedly after a twenty-year absence. Now he, his aging father, and his recently-divorced younger sister Glory must navigate a difficult…

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Wednesday

Apr 28

Delve Readers Seminars Spring 2021

New York City: Paul Auster and Jonathan Safran Foer

Wed, April 28 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT

Paul Auster and Jonathan Safran Foer are two contemporary authors who have explored New York City not only as a space where a person works, transits, and lives, but more as a symbolic space at a certain time that interacts with the fictional characters as if the city were also one of them—a living entity that actively affects the fates and actions of every person that inhabits it. Memory, chance, the double, and disobedience as a way to dig into…

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May 2021

Wednesday

May 5

Delve Readers Seminars Spring 2021

Versions, Erasures & Omissions: Raymond Carver

Wed, May 5 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT

In this Delve we will compare versions of Raymond Carver’s short stories published originally in the collection titled What We Talk About When We Talk About Love (1981), edited by Gordon Lish, and the collection titled Beginners (2009) which contains the same seventeen stories restored to Carver’s original versions posthumously by his wife, poet Tess Gallagher. Our discussions will revolve around the differences such editorial decisions make in terms of tone and message received by the reader: When these cuts…

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Tuesday

May 25

Delve Readers Seminars Spring 2021

The Madwoman in the Attic and the Monstrous Feminine

Tue, May 25 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT

The “mad woman in the attic" is a common trope in gothic literature, but who is she? And how did she end up there? Integral to the gothic genre are stories of madness and haunting, which often serve as metaphors for social violence, race, gender and class warfare, and the abject. Stereotypically, the female protagonist in gothic literature plays the role of victim, but what about when she participates in her own monstrosity? In this seminar, we will explore some…

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