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Images of Women

Explore how women writers, from Edith Wharton to Elena Ferrante, have created rich, complex, varied portraits of women. Discover how these authors—in novels, memoirs, stories, and poems—write about women facing constraining social conventions and difficult personal choices—women in transitions, in crises, in conflict. Read about women living in different times and places and their dilemmas in love, marriage, family, and work, as well as their methods for coping with powerful social forces. Readings include Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth and The Custom of the Country; Virginia Woolf, Mrs Dalloway; Annie Ernaux, Happening; Elena Ferrante, The Days of Abandonment; Louise Glück, Ararat; Sharon Olds, The Dead and the Living; and Jhumpa Lahiri, Unaccustomed Earth.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Increased cultural literacy
  • Familiarity with fiction and poetry by and about women

Ideal for

  • The curious and creative
  • Professionals who use critical thinking
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