"The parables of Jesus seek to draw one into the Kingdom, and they challenge us to act and to live from the gift which is experienced therein. But we do not want parables. We want precepts and we want programs. We want good precepts and we want sensible programs. We are frightened by the lonely silences within the parables." [John Dominic Crossan, In Parables - The Challenge of the Historical Jesus, Harper and Row, 1973,82]

Course: The Soul is a Lonely Hunter

Mid Century American Short Stories

 Starts Wednesday 3 Feb
This course explores the preoccupations of four mid-20th century American short story writers: William Faulkner, Carson McCullers, Flannery O’Connor and Ernest Hemingway. In particular we will read, examine and discuss the way these writers represent spiritual isolation, desire for redemption and hunger for true connection. These giants of American Literature hold in their cross hairs a landscape driven by uncertainty and estrangement.

Longing spills out over these isolated and personal landscapes, suggesting that - despite the reiteration by characters and authors that their worlds are godless – there remains a hunger for something more than the physical, the literal, the material. As readers we come away from their stories inspired, shocked, bruised hearted but always and every time assured we are not alone in our own soul’s pursuit of its singular destination. 

Dr Elizabeth Guy (BA Dip Ed, Diploma in Art History, Masters, Hons., PhD in Poetry & Politics) has taught Literature and Language in high schools in NSW and WA as well as in UTS, Sydney University, University of Santiago Chile, University of South Pacific Fiji and the University of Sterling in Scotland. Her books The Alchemy of Poetry (nonfiction) and Take Ink & Weep (fiction) are under contract with Dreaming Big Publications (USA). She is currently finalising her third book Abandoned by God (fiction).

Presenter: Elizabeth Guy, PhD in Poetry and Politics
Where: Aquinas Academy, Level 5, 141 Harrington St, Sydney
When: Four Wednesday mornings, 10am-12noon, 3, 10, 17 & 24 February 2021
Cost: $150 per person (including notes)

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Please register before the course starts so that notes will be available.

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