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Summer 2020 Delve Readers Seminar Online: Nigerian Voices: Chinua Achebe and Helon Habila

July 7, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Online, N/A, Portland, OR 97207

From the precolonial period to modern times, these two authors show the complexity of Nigerian history: the original tribal forms of organizing the society, where the strong man rules for good and for bad; the colonial era where those tribal communities transform in order to negotiate with the colonizers; and the postcolonial period that shows how the thirst for oil from the western powers also generates conflicts between the native peoples and a level of corruption that pervade every aspect of their lives. The transformations narrated in these two books are journeys of no return, with echoes from Conrad’s Heart of Darkness.

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
Oil on Water by Helon Habila

Participants are responsible for purchasing texts.

First assignment: For the first night we’ll discuss all of Part One—through page 125—of Achebe’s Things Fall Apart.

July 7 – 28, 2020
Tuesdays, 6:30–8:30 pm (four sessions)
online via Zoom

Graphic designer, writer, translator, and photographer, Ivonne Saed has extensively explored the crossroads between the visual and the textual, both in her creative work and in teaching. Her novel Triple crónica de un nombre (Triple Chronicle of a Name), which has been discussed in academic journals, was awarded a mention of honor in the Juan Rulfo National Prize for First Novel in Mexico. She is the author of the non-fiction Sobre Paul Auster: Autoría, distopía y textualidad (On Paul Auster: Authorship, Dystopia and Textuality) and she has co-authored other fiction and non-fiction books, and has published book reviews, short fiction and photos in several newspapers and magazines in Mexico and the US. She’s taught literature at Oregon State University, Marylhurst University and Universidad Iberoamericana, and she’s been a Delve guide since 2011. Her work has been staged with Jewish Theatre Collaborative (Portland) and Jewish Women’s Theatre (Los Angeles).

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Portland, OR 97207


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