8 weeks, Tuesdays, 6:15 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.
Nobel Prize winner Olga Tokarczuk’s book Drive Your Plow over the Bones of the Dead examines what she calls “the systems of mutual connections and influences of which we are generally unaware”: systems including the bond between humans and animals, the role of religious beliefs and practices, the traditions of cultures and society. The book, loosely organized around William Blake’s ode “Auguries of Innocence,” is both timeless and timely. It impels the reader to explore questions such as: Are all things that exist interconnected parts of a single whole? If so, what are the obligations of those with experience to those who are innocent—Blake’s “angels”? Do animals have rights and, if they do, to what lengths must one go to recognize and protect them? What makes us embrace or, alternatively, neglect these duties? In what ways does literature induce us to question long-held beliefs and practices and to assume new responsibilities?
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