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.
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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