Four Thursdays: July 21, 28 and August 4, 11 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. EDT Online
Difficult women writers are known for their sharp tongues, often unlikable heroines and ironic fiction. Some critics have called them icy, even heartless. But they are always exciting to read and exhilarating to discuss. In this class we will read key works by Elizabeth Hardwick, Jean Rhys, Angela Carter, and Nora Ephron. I will be talking about their lives and emphasizing their actual and fictional treatment of sexuality, infidelity, betrayal, loneliness, and revenge.
July 21: Elizabeth Hardwick, Sleepless Nights.
July 28: Jean Rhys, After Leaving Mr. Mackenzie
August 4: Angela Carter, The Bloody Chamber
August 11: Nora Ephron, Heartburn
Four Thursdays: July 21, 28 and August 4, 11 from 2 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT Online
Sleepless Nights, by Elizabeth Hardwick (9780940322721)
After Leaving Mr. Mackenzie, by Jean Rhys (9780393357813)
The Bloody Chamber, by Angela Carter (9780143107613)
Heartburn, by Nora Ephron (9780679767954)
I Used to Live Here Once: The Haunted Life of Jean Rhys, by Miranda Seymour (9781324006121)
The Dolphin Letters, 1970-1979: Elizabeth Hardwick, Robert Lowell, and Their Circle edited by Saskia Hamilton, Farrar, Straus and Giroux.(9780374539153)
Elaine Showalter is Professor Emerita of English at Princeton University, where she taught 19th and 20thcentury fiction. She has written eleven books, and has been a writer and reviewer for newspapers and magazines in the U.S. and U.K., including the New York Times Book Review, The Times Literary Supplement, the Washington Post, People, and Vogue.
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