Delve Readers Seminars

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    Delve Fall 2019: Escape from the Doll’s House

    $220.00

    September 1, 2019 – October 13, 2019 (no meetings September 22) Sundays, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Guide: Coleman Stevenson This Delve will examine stories from different literary genres and periods that all uniquely address the topic of personal freedom in…

  • Delve Fall 2019: Literature of Modern and Contemporary Jewish American Women Writers

    $220.00

    Tuesdays, September 17 – October 29, 2019 (no meeting on October 8) 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (six sessions) Guide: Willa Schneberg   In this seminar, we will discuss the “other” Jewish American writers—not Bellow, Roth, Pinsky or Chabon, but work…

  • Delve Fall 2019: Richard Powers’ The Overstory and the Nature Writings of John Muir

    $220.00

    Thursdays, September 19 – November 7, 2019 (no meeting on September 26 or October 31) 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (six sessions) Guide: Lucas Bernhardt In this Delve seminar, we will compare the ecological writing of Richard Powers and John Muir.…

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    Delve Fall 2019: Mid-century Moderns: the Poetry of Robert Frost and Wallace Stevens

    $220.00

    Wednesdays, September 11–October 16, 2019 7:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. (six sessions) Guide: Christopher Zinn Robert Frost and Wallace Stevens were two of the most important modern American poets.  Their collected poems represent distinct and original responses to twentieth century literary…

  • Delve Fall 2019: From My Life I Write to You in Your Life: Asian American Women Writers & Memoir

    $150.00

    Wednesdays, October 2-23, 2019 6:30–8:30 p.m. (four sessions) Guides: Jyothi Natarajan and Dao Strom This seminar takes place at De-Canon Library at Milepost 5 Cafe/Gallery space (8155 NE Oregon St) in partnership with Apano. In this seminar, we will look…

  • Delve Fall 2019: The Literary Tarot: Narrative, Symbolism and Interpretation

    $220.00

    Thursdays, October 10 – November 14, 2019 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (six sessions) Guide: Coleman Stevenson This Delve takes place at the Portland Art Museum In this Delve, we will study the archetypal imagery of the Tarot and discuss literature…

  • Delve Fall 2019: The Pre-Socratic Thinkers: The Greeks on Gods, Humanity, and Nature Before Socrates

    $220.00

    Sundays, October 27 – December 15, 2019 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. (six sessions) Guide: Bennett Gilbert The Pre-Socratic thinkers lived from about 650 to about 450 B.C.E. in the towns along the Mediterranean coast of Turkey, and many of the…

  • Delve Fall 2019: We Are All For Sale: Capitalism and Consumerism

    $220.00

    Tuesdays, November 5 – December 17, 2019 (does not meet November 26) 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (six sessions) Guide: Hannah Kim “We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings. Any human power can…

  • Delve: Winter 2020: Fear & Freedom In A Time of Distrust: Zadie Smith and Hunter S. Thompson

    $220.00

    Mondays, January 6 – February 10, 2020 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (six sessions) Guide: Benjamin Ficklin Where have the gonzo journalists gone? Who is proudly owning the biases of their bylines? What use to a readership is a novelist turning…

  • Delve Winter 2020: Family, Identity, and Womanhood in the work of Min Jin Lee

    $220.00

    Wednesdays, January 8-February 19,2020 (no meeting January 15) 6:30-8:30 p.m. (six sessions) Guide: Hannah Kim This seminar is offered exclusively for people of color. Seminar participants will receive one complimentary admission to Literary Arts’ Portland Arts & Lectures event with…

  • Delve Winter 2020: Historical Imagination and the Modern Turkish Novel

    $220.00

    Thursdays, January 9 – February 13, 2020 6:30-8:30 p.m. (six sessions) Guide: Ülker Gökberk This Delve explores two pivotal examples of historical fiction in contemporary Turkish literature, Elif Shafak’s The Forty Rules of Love: A Novel of Rumi (2009) and…

  • Delve Winter 2020: Octavia Butler’s Kindred

    $150.00

    Wednesday, January 14 – February 4, 2020 6:30-8:30 p.m. (4 sessions) Guide: Christopher Rose, Tuition: $150 With the growing interest in speculative fiction, several writers have worked to deconstruct popular tropes to examine contemporary social issues. Octavia Butler’s modern classic,…

  • Delve Winter 2020: Women Write the West: Leslie Marmon Silko, Annie Proulx and Claire Vaye Watkins

    $220.00

    Wednesdays, January 22- February 26, 2020 7:00-9:00 p.m. (six sessions) Guide: Danielle Frandina In this seminar, we will explore the works of award-winning contemporary writers Leslie Marmon Silko, Annie Proulx, and Claire Vaye Watkins and how they confront, disrupt, challenge,…

  • Delve Winter 2020: Siri Hustvedt and the Art of Seeing

    $220.00

    Tuesdays, February 11-March 17, 2020 6:30-8:30 p.m. (six sessions) Guide: Ivonne Saed In this Delve, we will read two of Hustvedt’s novels, The Blindfold and What I Loved, along with some of her essays.This combination will allow us to connect…

  • Delve Winter 2020: The Autofiction of Rachel Cusk

    $220.00

    Sundays, February 23-March 29, 2020 6:30-8:30 p.m. (six sessions) Guide: George Derk This Delve seminar will explore the recent trilogy—Outline, Transit, and Kudos—by Rachel Cusk and contextualize it within the developing literary form of autofiction. In reading these novels, we…

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    Delve Winter 2020: Howards End: E.M. Forster

    $150.00

    Mondays, March 2-March 23, 2020 6:30-8:30 p.m. (four sessions) Guide: Christopher Lord Seminar participants will receive one complimentary admission to the production of a new adaptation of Forster’s novel by Caroline Hewitt as part of Portland Center Stage’s 2019-2020 season.…