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Literary Nites 2019-20

Assay the Essay: Where Art and Intellect Meet!
September 24    
Garry Leonard: "But That’s When I was Jung and Easily Freudened": Becoming James Joyce, In His Words
Texts: Readings to be posted from James Joyce.

Garry Leonard, Professor of English at U of T, is widely published on James Joyce, Comp Lit, and Cultural Studies. His current project is Making it Now: Modernism, Modernity and Cinema. With his wife Deirdre Flynn, he has coauthored Where All the Ladders Start: 20th Century Western Culture in Literature and Film and When Harry Met Godzilla: How Hollywood Genres Hold the Key to Your Personality. He has also written a novel entitled Proxy.

Melba Cuddy-Keane: Me, Us, and Them: Being Personal and Being Responsible in Bloomsbury

Texts: Essays to be posted: Virginia and Leonard Woolf, Vanessa Bell, Rose Macaulay, T. S. Eliot, E. M. Forster

Melba Cuddy-Keane is Emerita Professor, University of Toronto, and the author of numerous publications on Virginia Woolf, modernism, and narrative studies. Her book, Virginia Woolf, the Intellectual, and the Public Sphere (2003), focuses on Woolf’s essays, showing how they promote flexible reading practices as an alternative to the academic study of literature, which Woolf considered too regimented and regulated during her time. In Modernism: Keywords (2014), Melba and her joint authors show how grasping the multiple meanings of words is crucial for understanding public debate. Her most recently published essay, "Woolf and Communities" (2019), analyses Virginia Woolf’s writings to reveal the complex way Woolf addressed the complexities of being both as individuals and participants in groups.
December   3
Liam Lacey: Movies That Think: The Rise of the Essay Film

Films: Shirkers (2018), Sandi Tan, available on Netflix; Sans Soleil (1983), Chris Marker, rent at https://mubi.com/films/sans-soleil; Bright Leaves (2004), available on Kanopy (free with your library card) or on YouTube on the link in your email; Waltz with Bashir (2008), available on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylzO9vbEpPg; others TBA

Liam Lacey was a film critic for The Globe and Mail for more than twenty years, reporting on international festivals, interviewing numerous leading actors and directors, and appearing on National Public Radio and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation among other outlets. He is a founding member and contributor to the film-review website Original-Cin.ca ("Career critics continuing the conversation in a post-print world") and contributes occasional essays to the Canadian documentary magazine, Point of View.

May            5
Wendy O'Brien: Bold, Brilliant Broads: American Women of Letters

Essays to be posted: Dorothy Parker, "Sophisticated Poetry — And The Hell With It"; Hannah Arendt, "Truth and Politics"; Mary McCarthy, TBA; Joan Didion, "White Album"; Susan Sontag, "Regarding The Torture of Others"; others TBA

Wendy O’Brien is a philosopher with over 30 years experience teaching in academic and non-academic environments. Places where she has lectured and led workshops include Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Wilfrid Laurier University, The University of Waterloo, Harvard, Oxford, and The Art Gallery of Ontario. Her work explores subjects including power, violence, the relation to the Other, home, silence, and creativity. She is presently working on a long-term project on the concept of wonder. An active member of the Ontario literary scene, she has been an interviewer for organizations including By the Lake Book Club, The Toronto International Festival of Authors, and GritLit, as well as hosting Bourbon and Books Book Club in both Toronto and Hamilton. 

Andrea Most: Rachel, Betty, and Me: Silent Spring meets The Feminine Mystique

Essays to be posted by Rachael Carson and Betty Friedan.
Andrea Most will include readings of her own work relevant to these essays.

Andrea Most is Professor of American Literature, Environmental Studies, and Jewish Studies in the Department of English at the University of Toronto. Committed to breaking down divisions between scholarship and public life, research and teaching, mind and body, nature and culture, Professor Most teaches experiential courses on food and environmental literature, conducts multidisciplinary community-engaged research, and speaks widely on the local food and environmental movements. She is the author of Making Americans: Jews and the Broadway Musical, Theatrical Liberalism: Jews and Popular Entertainment in America, and a forthcoming collection of stories about women, bodies, and environmental crisis entitled A Pain in the Neck
Tuesdays, 7:00 - 9:00 P.M.
The Women's Art Association

23 Prince Arthur Avenue



Tuesday, June 23
@ 3:00 PM
Please note the afternoon time slot!

Andrea Most: Rachel, Betty, and Me: Silent Spring meets The Feminine Mystique
Core Readings:
Rachel Carson

From Rachel Carson's Silent Spring: pdf
Betty Friedan
Ladies' Home Journal Article: pdf
On Friedan's Good Housekeeping Article: pdf

Jane's Additional Readings

On Rachael Carson: pdf
A cartoonist on the relevance of Carson today: pdf
Robert Fulford on Betty Friedan, July 1964: pdf
Second-Wave Feminism: pdf
Elayne Showalter on American Women/Men Authors: pdf
On Andrea Dworkin: pdf
Listening to Women's Bodies: pdf

Jane's Potpourri of Interesting Essays to Enjoy

A delightful essay by Daphne Merkin: "FaceTime with Lipstick": pdf

Quarantine with a Michelin-Starred Chef: pdf

On the 1918 Pandemic Flu: a Short Story by Katherine Anne Porter: pdf

Remember Camus' La Plague: pdf

Quarantine Advice from an English Clergyman: pdf

50 Bite-Size Short Stories: Many available online: pdf


2020-21 Series: Life Writing

The Mystic Cords of Memory:
Treasury and Guardian of All Things Past!

Here's Our Lineup and Speaker Bios: pdf

Early-Bird Until May 31: $135
(includes HST)
After May 31: $175
(includes HST)

To Register:
  Jane Griesdorf:  416-737-7331