• April 13, 2016
  • 7:00 pm
  • California Institute of Integral Studies
    1453 Mission Street
    San Francisco, CA 94103
Add to Calendar 04/13/2016 7:00 pm 04/13/2016 America/Los_Angeles What Is Literature For? Explore how reading is related to deep thinking and expanded consciousness and learn how, in a challenging world, reading itself can be a direct route to becoming a kinder, nicer, more interesting person. California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
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This talk with fiction writer and essayist Carolyn Cooke will explore reading and writing as important activities of consciousness. Using examples from contemporary writing, we’ll look at how literature helps you develop empathy and insight, and gain experience in putting the unsayable—or even the unspeakable—into language. Explore how reading is related to deep thinking and expanded consciousness and learn how, in a challenging world, reading itself can be a direct route to becoming a kinder, nicer, more interesting person.

Carolyn Cooke holds an MFA from Columbia University and a BA from Smith College. Her fiction and nonfiction confront class, economics, gender, sexuality, and race in America, and her thinking about literature and pedagogy has been influenced by bell hooks, Paulo Freire, poststructuralist discourse, and relationships between spiritual life, material conditions, and social consciousness. Her novel, "Daughters of the Revolution," was listed among the best novels of 2011 by the San Francisco Chronicle and The New Yorker Magazine. Her short fiction, collected in "The Bostons," won the PEN/Bingham award, was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway, and has appeared in AGNI, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, and two volumes each of Best American Short Stories and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards.

Her nonfiction reviews have appeared in The Nation and Contemporary Literary Criticism, and she is a regular book reviewer for The San Francisco Chronicle. She has been awarded fellowships by the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, the Djerassi Foundation, Ucross, and the Corporation of Yaddo.

*This Lecture is part of Big Ideas at CIIS.

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