2504 - Difficult Women: Characters Who Disconcert and Intrigue Us
While the characters we shall encounter in this class might not be people whom you would seek out as friends, it is hard to look away from the strong, flawed women who dominate their literary works. What is it about clearly troubled and destructive characters like Spark's Jean Brody and William's Blanche DuBois that fascinates us? Why do we have such intense and conflicting feelings about Morrison's Sethe and Atwood's Verna? Why do Wharton's Zenobia Frome and O'Connor's Hulga/Joy evoke repugnance and sympathy? We shall analyze the characters in selected stories (which can be accessed on line), plays, and novels to discover what makes them so disquieting both for other characters and readers. Additionally, we will watch selected film clips and consider the biographies of the writers, some of whom themselves were considered difficult, to discover biographical echoes in their works. Facilitated Discussion Viewing Videos
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