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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.
November

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), Chris McElwee, available on Kanopy (free with your library card) or on YouTube on the link in your email; Waltz with Bashir (2008), Ari Folman, 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.

April            7
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. 
May
5

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
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COMING UP!

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Liam Lacey

Movies That Think: the Rise of the Essay Film

Filmography:

Shirkers (2018), Sandi Tan, available on Netflix

Sans Soleil
(1983), Chris Marker, rent at https://mubi.com/films/sans-soleil

Bright Leaves
(2004), Ross McElwee, available on Kanopy (free with your library card) or on YouTube on the link in your email

Waltz with Bashir
(2008), Ari Folman, available on YouTube on the link in your email


Jane's Potpourri of Essays

Here's a follow-up essay to our Joyce Nite: it's on Joyce's "bones"! pdf

55 Years of Great Essays from the New York Review of Books: pdf