Delve Readers Seminars

  • 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 and 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

    Tuesdays, 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.…

  • Delve Winter 2020: Kissing the Witch: Modern Fairytales

    $130.00

    Tuesdays, March 17-24 and April 7, 2020 6:30-8:30 p.m. (three sessions) Guide: Gemma Whelan Seminar participants will receive one complimentary admission to the Corrib Theater’s production of Kissing the Witch. In Kissing the Witch, Irish writer Emma Donoghue weaves a…

  • Delve Winter 2020: Graphic Literature as Autobiography

    $220.00

    Mondays, March 30-May 4, 2020 6:30-8:30 p.m. (six sessions) Guide: Trevor Dodge In this Delve seminar, we’ll explore autobiographies executed in the medium of comics, and in doing so sample from a few of the world’s most respected illustrator-storytellers. In…

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    Delve Spring 2020: J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

    $220.00

    Wednesdays, April 1 – May 6, 2020 7:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. (six sessions) Guide: Christopher Zinn Composed in the era of the Second World War, J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings has become, through various incarnations, one of the…

  • Delve Spring 2020: Still and Unstill: Objects and Landscapes as Human Metaphors

    $220.00

    Thursdays, April 9 – May 14, 2020 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (six sessions) Guide: Coleman Stevenson This Delve takes place at the Portland Art Museum and coincides with the exhibition Volcano!, which marks the 40th anniversary of the eruption of…

  • Delve Spring 2020: William Gaddis: The Recognitions

    $220.00

    Tuesdays, April 14-May 19,2020 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (six sessions) Guide: Rick Comandich Before William Gaddis won the National Book Award for JR (1976) and A Frolic of His Own (1994), he wrote The Recognitions (1955), his ambitious debut novel.…

  • Delve Spring 2020: William James: Inventing an American Philosophy

    $220.00

    Sundays, April  19–May 24, 2020 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. (six sessions) Guide: Bennett Gilbert The philosophy of William James (1842–1910) has had world-wide influence, and yet it is in many ways an essentially American view of the nature and humanity.…

  • Delve Spring 2020: The essays of James Baldwin

    $220.00

    Wednesdays, May 20 – June 24, 2020 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Guide: Nicolas Buccola This Delve will examine the essays of James Baldwin, the leading literary voice of the black freedom struggle. We will devote our first session to Baldwin’s…