The Left Hand of Darkness | How to Fall in Love with Classics

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Join us at this lecture on Ursula K.Le Guin's The Left Hand of Darkness(1969), set in a fascinating world where the natives are ambisexual.

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Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness (1969), as a cosmic adventure, takes humankind to the frozen planet of Winter. An envoy finds his mission both tricky and perilous because the fundamental nature of its natives baffles him. They are ambisexual, having no fixed sex, and that influences every aspect of their ways of life. Gwee Li Sui will expand on the idea of radical difference in any intimate relationship that has become one of the book’s great lessons.

To find out more, watch Dr Gwee’s introductory video to the lecture here:

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Gwee Li Sui is a poet, a graphic artist, and a literary critic. His works of verse include Who Wants to Buy a Book of Poems? (1998), One Thousand and One Nights (2014), The Other Merlion and Friends (2015), Haikuku (2017), and Death Wish (2017). A familiar name in Singapore’s cultural scene, Gwee Li Sui wrote our first long-form graphic novel in English Myth of the Stone back in 1993. He has edited several acclaimed literary anthologies, taught at several universities, and lectured on a vast range of subjects. He has also written FEAR NO POETRY!: An Essential Guide to Close Reading (2014) and Spiaking Singlish: A Companion to How Singaporeans Communicate (2017).

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Literary classics are classics because they have stood the test of time. They have dazzled generations of readers with their compelling writing as well as their approaches to universal themes. Each new age discovers in them not just fascinating layers of meaning but also fresh relevance. A reader is often profoundly satisfied and feels his or her life changed for the better.

How to Fall in Love with Classics is an exciting National Library Board lecture series that celebrates the classics. This series looks lovingly and thoughtfully at a few texts to understand the special pleasure we get from them. The study should help to ignite or rekindle your own passion for literature. You may grasp more firmly the importance of particular works and learn to appreciate them more.

Every lecture will explore one classic for its various forms of meaning. The text will be dissected to reveal connections it makes to ideas in history, culture, and society. We will also observe how this can enhance our reflections on ourselves and the world. Series 7 looks at the genre of science fiction.

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  • The National Library Board, Singapore (NLB) reserves the right in its absolute discretion to disqualify or refuse admission to any registrant any reason and without notice
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