Literary Nites 2019-2020 Assay the Essay: Where Art and Intellect Meet!
September 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
One event on November 5, 2019 at 7:00 pm
One event on December 3, 2019 at 7:00 pm
One event on April 7, 2020 at 7:00 pm
One event on May 5, 2020 at 7:00 pm
|Literary Nites 2019-20
Assay the Essay: Where Art and Intellect Meet!
||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.
||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); Waltz with Bashir (2008), available on iTunes; 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.
||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
||Andrea Most: Andrea Most: Rachel, Betty, and Me: Silent Spring meets The Feminine Mystique
Essays to be posted by Rachael Carson, Betty Friedan, and Andrea Most 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
Early-Bird until May 15: $160 (includes HST)
After May 15: $195 (includes HST)