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The Prairies and Quebec Through Their Literature

A collaborative effort between the Calgary Association of Lifelong Learners (CALL) and the McGill Community of Lifelong Learning (MCLL) this discussion group will provide participants with an opportunity to increase, through literature, their appreciation of two distinctive places—the Canadian prairies and Quebec. Members of the group will read and discuss two novels by writers from each of these distinctive regions (four novels in all) that offer nuanced insight into the histories and cultures of each place. The novels we will read, in the order listed are As For Me and My House by Sinclair Ross; The Watch that Ends the Night by Hugh McLennan; No Fixed Address by Aritha van Herk, and Suzanne, by Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette. .

Each session will be devoted to discussing one novel, in the order listed above. The final session will be spent comparing and contrasting the four novels, and discussing the light each may shed on the cultures and societies they depict. In addition to focusing on the ways in which each novel depicts a particular time and place, we will also discuss each in terms of other key elements of the novel form, such as plot, character development, narrative method and point of view, themes, symbolism, and style. While the facilitators will take responsibility for introducing each book and moderating discussion, individual members will be expected to contribute to the learning experience by sharing their responses and insights.

 When:Tuesdays
 Time:9:45 - 11:45 AM MST (Calgary)
 Dates:Sept. 15, Sept. 29, Oct. 13, Oct. 27, Nov. 10, 2020
 Where: Via Zoom
 Max:6/16 (No drop-ins)
 Note:The maximum number for each organization is 8 participants
 Facilitator:Tamara Seiler (Calgary) and Lorne Huston (Montreal)

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Facilitators are Tamara P. Seiler and Lorne Huston

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Tamara Seiler has a PhD in Canadian literature, and is Professor Emerita, Dept. of Communication, Media and Film, University of Calgary, where, before retiring, she taught courses in Canadian Studies, Communication studies, and cultural history. She has co-facilitated other CALL groups (on great film directors and contemporary non-fiction) and served in several administrative positions for CALL.

Lorne Huston has a Ph.D. in European Cultural History and is a retired professor from Collège Édouard-Montpetit, where he taught sociology and history. He is co-author of a history textbook, La civilisation occidentale: des siècles d’histoire and of an upcoming biography: George M. Brewer et le milieu cultural anglophone montréalais (1900-1950). He is also the immediate past president of the MCLL. He was born and schooled in Alberta.


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