Critical Studies Student Discussions // Etel Adnan's SEASONS

    Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 6:00 PM until 7:00 PMPacific Standard Time

    PNCA's Critical Studies MA Student Discussion Series presents:
    Weather Without Borders: A Discussion of Etel Adnan’s SEASONS
    moderated by Kyle Cohlmia

    Moderator Bio:

    Kyle Cohlmia was born in Stillwater, OK. She received a B.A. in Art History and Italian with a minor in English from the University of Kansas and an M.A. in Instruction and Curriculum at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Kyle has worked at various art museums and galleries including the Denver Art Museum, Oklahoma Hall of Fame, and most recently, as Curator of Exhibitions for the Melton Gallery at the University of Central Oklahoma. She is a previous fellow of Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition’s Art Writing and Curatorial Fellowship and has written for various art publications including Art Focus, Art 365, and Art Discourse. Kyle is currently living in Portland, OR, working toward her Master’s degree in Critical Studies at Pacific Northwest College of Art.


    SEASONS by Etel Adnan, Lebanese poet and painter, is a collection of prose poems - considered meditations - that blend together geography, climate, time, history, rage, memory and myth. For this discussion, we will be looking into section two of SEASONS which starts with clouds and ends at the sea.

    "SEASONS seeks the universe within and beyond the spirit's changeable weather, finding everywhere its center." - Megan Pruiett

    Discussion Questions:

    1. How does Adnan tell a story through her prose? What narrative aspects of this section do you notice?

    2. What does it mean to write a book about seasons, but disregard borders (in space and time)? How does this section reflect a specific season or seasons? What imagery did you notice?

    3. How does SEASONS imagine new worlds? Did you find pockets hope, care or world-building within this section? If so where?

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