Wednesday, March 27
The Female Rebel: Women Writers on the Antiheroine in Fiction
Hosted by Edie Meidav, with Rebecca Chace, Rebecca Godfrey, and Rebecca Wolff
Blodgett House, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, 7–9 p.m.

Judith and her maidservant, by Artemisia Gentileschi, c. 1612-1613

What is it that women want? What do they do when their desire is thwarted—or scripted upon them—by the society in which they live? Do they choose madness, silence, minstrelsy, or power-mad cunning, as so many of Shakespeare’s characters testify? Or do women find ways to cross the boundaries of ethnicity, class, family order, and tradition and to find new ways to tell an artful truth? In this panel, moderated by Edie Meidav, fiction writers Rebecca Chace, Rebecca Godfrey, and Rebecca Wolff explore what it means to write and to read the antiheroine, yesterday and today. Does rebellion create good art? Does art create good rebellion? Come to this panel with your questions and leave with an expanded vision of possibilities.

Edie Meidav, writer-in-residence at Bard College, is the author of three award-winning novels: Lola, California; Crawl Space; and The Far Field: A Novel of Ceylon. Her next novel is Dogs of Cuba. Her works have been selected as editorial picks by the New York Times and other reviewers. Her recent work on Cuba appears in the literary journals Conjunctions and

Rebecca Chace’s novel Leaving Rock Harbor was named Editor’s Choice by the New York Times Book Review and was a finalist for the 2010 New England Book Award. Her memoir Chautauqua Summer was a New York Times Book Review Notable Book and Editor’s Choice; her novel Capture the Flag was adapted for the screen with director Lisanne Skyler. Chace has received the Showtime Tony Cox Screenwriting Award (Short Film) at the Nantucket Film Festival, 2010.

Rebecca Godfrey, photo by Brigitte Lacombe

Rebecca Godfrey is the author of the novel The Torn Skirt and of the nonfiction book Under The Bridge, about the trials for murder of seven teenage girls, which received Canada’s most prestigious prize for literary nonfiction. It has been optioned for film by Reese Witherspoon’s Type A Productions. Godfrey currently teaches a seminar, “Anti-heroines,” at Columbia University and is working on a book on this topic.

Rebecca Wolff is the author of three books of poems (Manderley, Figment, The King) and a novel (The Beginners, Riverhead, 2011). She is the founding editor of Fence, and Fence Books, and the Constant Critic. She is a fellow at the New York State Writers Institute at the University at Albany. She lives in Hudson, NY.