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St. John’s College Community Seminar

Originally Posted on admin, September 23, 2009

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St. John’s College Community Seminar on Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook

Who:     Emily Rena-Dozier, Tutor, St. John’s College – Santa Fe

What:    Fall Community Seminar

Title:      “Doris Lessing: The Golden Notebook”

Where:   Santa Fe Hall, Room 105
               St. John’s College  

When:    Wednesdays, September 23 - October 28, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Details:  This six-week seminar is an opportunity for community members to read and discuss a seminal work.

Nobel Prize winner Doris Lessing’s novel The Golden Notebook has been hailed as a classic text of feminist literature. The novel grapples with questions of women’s identity as connected to or disconnected from sex, marriage, work and children. However, it also asks profound questions about some of the 20th century’s most influential ideological structures: capitalism, communism, colonialism, and psychoanalysis. The Golden Notebook is a structurally innovative, politically complex, and profoundly moving meditation on the apparent fragility and ultimate resilience of the thinking self in modern society. The required edition is Harper Perennial (ISBN 9780060931407), and the first assignment is “Free Women 1” (pp. 1-242). The cost for the six-week seminar is $180.

Community Seminars are special opportunities for community members to read and discuss seminal works in the same unique manner as students of St. John’s College. Seminars are discussion-based and small in size in order to ensure spirited dialogue. Teachers with proof of employment can enroll for Community Seminars at a 50% discount. Community Seminars are free to 11th and 12th grade high school students (limited spaces available). All seminar materials are available at the St. John’s College bookstore (505-984-6056). Registration is available online at (click on “Outreach,” then “Santa Fe Community Programs) or by calling 505-984-6117.

A tutor at St. John’s in Santa Fe since 2006, Emily Rena-Dozier received a bachelor of arts in English from Reed College in 1999 and a master’s of arts and doctorate in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago in 2003 and 2006, respectively.