Ivonne Saed, Marylhurst UniversityFaculty member Ivonne Saed will lead a seminar on author Michel Houellebecq beginning January 2017 as part of Literary Art’s Delve series.

Ivonne Saed will lead Michel Houellebecq: Agitator of Ideas, a six-week seminar on Tuesday evenings beginning Jan. 3, 2017. The Literary Arts catalog says, “Houellebecq is one of the most controversial writers of the last 20 years. Considered the enfant terrible of contemporary French literature, his work has been highly praised and harshly criticized by serious literary critics for the same reasons: his nihilistic and despairing view of love, sex, religion and free market.” In her seminar, Saed will lead discussions on one of Houellebecq’s early novels (The Elementary Particles) as well as one of his more recent works (Submission).

A graphic designer, writer, translator and photographer, Ivonne Saed has extensively explored the crossroads between the visual and the textual, both in her creative work and in teaching. She is the author of the novel Triple crónica de un nombre (Triple Chronicle of a Name), winner of the Juan Rulfo National Award for First Novel in Mexico. She’s also known for nonfiction works, including Sobre Paul Auster: Autoría, distopía y textualidad (On Paul Auster: Authorship, Dystopia and Textuality). She has published book reviews, short fiction and photos in several newspapers and magazines in Mexico and the U.S. Her work has been staged with Jewish Theatre Collaborative (Portland) and Jewish Women’s Theatre (Los Angeles). Once a month, she talks about literature on FA Radio’s Letra Viva on KBOO FM.

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Ivonne Saed teaches courses on Latin American literature at Marylhurst University. She has been a Literary Arts Delve guide for several years.