I am thinking in sound bites today as we gallop towards the end of our studies of Absalom, Absalom and Beloved. I am amazed how these two works overlap in the huge and murky waters of shame and love as well as sharing similar historical context and therefore the dynamic relationship between history and self-hood. Both works also grapple with the limits of language to express our most powerful experiences. For the next series, there is room for more in the White Teeth and Ragtime/Jazz Salons, but only a few spaces remaining in the Glass Menagerie and Winter’s Tale studies. These two are being offered at the same time as local productions of the plays; Salon participants have found viewing the plays after our studies to be immensely satisfying. IN the words of a Salon participant: “Just saw an amazing Russian production (we are celebrating Russia all over the place here in Paris) of Hamlet which had me sobbing at the end.As I walked out of the theatre I thought to myself, ‘I never would have been to enjoy this to the extent I did without the work I did with Toby.’ So I’m on my knees. Thank you…”
If you have never tried a Salon but are curious, now is a great moment to jump in. The works we are considering in the coming studies are accessible and will provoke some wonderful discussions around language, power, love, ambition, music and self-sacrifice.
To register, send me an email (using “contact me” form on website)stating Salon choice and time- if this is your first Salon, I will ask you to send me a cheque to confirm your registration. An email confirmation is sufficient for those who have previously done Salons.
· Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow combined with Jazz by Toni Morrison Tuesday Afternoons 12:30-2:30 * Seven sessions starting November 2nd- 14 December. Cost 85 pounds
· White Teeth by Zadie Smith Tuesday Evenings Six sessions starting November 2nd- 7th December. Cost 75 pounds
· The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare Thursday Evenings four sessions starting November 4th- 25th November. Cost 55 pounds
· The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams three sessions starting December 2nd- 16th December. Cost 45 pounds
See you in the pages…..