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


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


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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 be resisted and changed by human beings. Resistance and change often begin in art, and very often in our art, the art of words.” – Ursula K. Le Guin

We’ll be looking at “the art of words” in four very different works to examine capitalism and consumerism in our society. We’ll start with Severance, a satirical, post apocalyptic, immigrant novel set in New York with roots in China. We’ll continue our journey abroad through Capitalism: A Ghost Story, Arundhati Roy’s masterful examination of how globalized capitalism has affected India. We’ll trace the intersection of capitalism and feminism through the co-editor of Bitch Media’s book, We Were Feminists Once, to understand how capitalism commodifies ideologies and political movements. “Visionary bell hooks’ All About Love will show us a way forward toward a society centered on radical love, instead of a society centered on alienation, power and possession.


Severance by Ling Ma
Capitalism A Ghost Story by Arundhati Roy
We Were Feminists Once: From Riot Grrrl to CoverGirl®, the Buying and Selling of a Political Movement by Andi Zeisler
About Love by bell hooks

Participants should read all of Severance by Ling Ma before the first meeting.


Hannah Kim is a writer, storyteller, and improv comedian. She is interested in radical intersectional feminism and how it relates to anti-capitalism and reclamation of the divine feminine. She is also passionate about increasing representation and visibility in the media and art spaces.

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