Book Oblivion was founded with the idea that we would rescue books from oblivion and return them to the center of culture and conversation. One of the ways we do that is through our reading groups. Our Critical Theory & Philosophy Reading Group is designed for life-long adult learners wanting to read and grow outside of academia in an online group setting. We are systematically reading and discussing the best minds in literary theory and philosophy. This group includes written discussion forums, live video discussions, and access to a private Facebook group where we continue the conversation all month long.
We read one thinker each month with a particular focus on a single text -- the length of an article, single chapter, or an entire book. Each reading includes an introduction to the author and the work that synthesizes the writer's argument in relation to other works from our discussions. Additionally, there is a carefully curated list of further reading and resources included for each thinker. This list includes other works written by the selected author, secondary books, and online articles related to the author or subject. If applicable, there will also be a list of recommended fiction that directly or indirectly explores each thinker's ideas. We spend one month reading and engaging with a single thinker and meet together live in an online video chat on the last Saturday of the month. Participants are also invited to join our private Facebook group to engage with the material and one another throughout the month.
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Jessica S. Manuel is a reader, writer, and college professor. Her work explores the intersections of contemporary theories and philosophies with classic and contemporary literature.
She earned her B.A. in English with an emphasis in Critical Theory and a minor in Theological Studies from The Master's University. She went on to earn her M.A. in English (Literature) from San Francisco State University where she studied 19th-20th Century Literatures with a special studies emphasis in Critical Theory. After examining the intersections of psychoanalysis and contemporary literature, she wrote her thesis on Haruki Murakami's use of the unconscious in Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World.
After earning her M.A., she continued her education at University of California, San Diego where she studied and earned certificates in teaching adult learners, literature, and online teaching and learning. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design at Clemson University.
Jessica offers online adult literature courses and reading groups for life-long learners through Book Oblivion Academy and also teaches writing and literature courses at the college level.