Book Wordy podcast 9 Society of Heartless Women

Episode 9 of Book Wordy: The Unreliable Narrator in literature, when it doesn’t work and how to handle it as an author.

Episode 9 of Book Wordy discusses The Society of Heartless Women from the short story collection The Wicked Wolves of Windsor and other fairytales.

Topics: The Unreliable Narrator in literature, when it doesn’t work and how to handle it as an author.

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SHOWNOTES FOR EP 9

The Society of Heartless Women

Episode Rating: does include some language. 14+ recommended. Spoilers for the short story The Society of Heartless Women found in The Wicked Wolves of Windsor and other fairytales.

The Unreliable Narrator:

⦿ William Riggan 1981 classification of the Literary types of the Unreliable Narrator taken from his book Picaros, Madmen, Naifs, and Clowns: The Unreliable First-Person Narrator, as summarized in the Wikipedia article Unreliable Narrator.

⦿ One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Ken Kesey, author) with the Unreliable Narrator as the madman.

⦿ The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie with the Unreliable Narrator as a liar (deceiver).

⦿ The innocent naive character of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

⦿ The naive character of Forrest Gump as the Unreliable Narrator

⦿ Becky Sharp of Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackery

⦿ Jane Austen writing as a contemporary of the Regency period.

⦿ An interesting question: What genre did Jane Austen write?

⦿ Georgette Heyer (1902-1974), a Regency romance writer who developed the modern genre.

⦿ The types of Comedy of Manners, a humorous portrayal of love and manners (Society of Heartless Women is a black humor, parody of these styles).

Additional notes for The Society of Heartless Women:

⦿ The Year without a Summer: a true event in 1816 that is discussed in The Society of Heartless Women.

⦿ The Quadrille, a dance that plays a huge part in the story.

⦿ Twelfth Night, a time of celebration.

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