ONLINE CLASS: Difficult Women (2204) SOLD OUT

Four Tuesdays: March 8, 15, 22, 29, from 3 to 4.30 p.m. EST Online Sold Out

$140.00 Per Person (10% off for members)

Class is Sold Out 

Difficult women writers are those known for their sharp tongues, often unlikeable heroines, ironic fiction, and tough-minded non-fiction. But they are always exciting to read, and challenging to discuss. In this class, we’ll read some key fiction by Mary McCarthy, Patricia Highsmith, Joan Didion, and Susan Sontag, which I'll be supplementing with online extracts, biography, and critical background.

Four Tuesdays, March 8, 15, 22, 29 from 3 to 4.30 p.m. EST Online

Required Reading:

Mary McCarthy, The Company She Keeps (9780156027861)

Patricia Highsmith, The Talented Mr. Ripley (9780393332148)

Joan Didion, Play It as It Lays (9780374529949)

Susan Sontag, Debriefing: Collected Stories, ed. Benjamin Taylor (9781250192769)

Elaine Showalter is Professor Emerita of English and Avalon Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University, where she taught 19th and 20th century British and American literature.  She has written ten books which have been translated into fifteen languages. including A Jury of Her Peers: American Women Writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx (Knopf,  2009). She also reviews and writes about literature, art, and popular culture for newspapers and magazines in the US and UK, ranging from the New  York Times Book Review and Times Literary Supplement (TLS), to the New Yorker, People, and Vogue. At Politics and Prose, she has taught classes since 2015, on Virginia Woolf, Edith Wharton, Shirley Jackson, Margaret Atwood, Margaret Drabble, A.S. Byatt, and Philip Roth.


REFUND POLICY: Please note that we can issue class refunds up until seven (7) days before the first class session.

The Company She Keeps Cover Image
ISBN: 9780156027861
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Mariner Books - January 13th, 2003

The Talented Mr. Ripley Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393332148
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 17th, 2008

Play It As It Lays: A Novel (FSG Classics) Cover Image
By Joan Didion, David Thomson (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780374529949
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 15th, 2005

Debriefing: Collected Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250192769
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Picador - December 4th, 2018