March 10: “Let’s Talk About It” continues with “Bartleby the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street”

Let’s Talk About it, Oklahoma’s 2019 series “Working to Survive, Surviving to Work” continues February 25th with Herman Melville’s novel Bartleby the Scrivener: A Story of WallStreet (1851)

6:30 PM in Room 151 of Walker Center
Petree College of Arts & Sciences, at NW 26th & N. Florida
Parking available in the lots to the north of the building.

Dr. Harbour Winn, Prof. Emeritus of English, Oklahoma City University, presents Bartleby the Scrivener: A Story of WallStreet, by Herman Melville. In this classic story, Wall Street, the American symbol and reality of world economic supremacy provides the backdrop for the unusual interaction between an isolated scrivener, a copyist in a law firm, and his well-intentioned employer. Published two years after Moby-Dick (1851), Melville reveals another side of obsession. A scrivener whose haunting line “I would prefer not to” all but dismantles the psychology and the efficiency of the workplace. How does the grandest economic system in human history affect an individual, and vice-versa?

The books in this series offer a variety of perspectives concerning individuals and their work. A combination of realistic fiction and nonfiction, from various historical and cultural contexts, offers discussion groups an opportunity to consider not only the economic and societal value of work, but more importantly, why we work to begin with. 

Free book loans have run out, but anyone is welcome to attend with their own copies of the books Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma is a program of Oklahoma Humanities.

The upcoming titles in the season’s series will be:

March 25th : Don, Snyder, The Cliffwalk: A Memoir of a Job Lost and A Life Found, presented by Dr. Sunu Kodumthara