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Class Porn is a #MeToo novel set in the 1960s, a period chosen because the women’s movement had not yet gained recognition or even a vocabulary for describing sexual oppression and discrimination. First published in 1986, the novel gained a cult following among women - and some men - who had experienced the unequal power relations making it impossible for an employee or student who is being harassed by an authority figure to “just tell him off,” “just slap his face” or even “just fill out a complaint”--responses likely to lead to the loss of reputation or a job and the closing off of any future career prospects. Eleanor Nyland struggles against forces and attitudes she cannot even name, but her sense of humor and, finally, of her own worth help her puncture the inflated egos of her senior colleagues and avoid the worst of the consequences. As the Village Voice review put it, “This is a novel of the turning worm.”
Molly Hite was for 32 years Professor of English Literature at Cornell University, where she taught and wrote about twentieth-century fiction, feminist theory, and creative writing. Class Porn, her first novel, was published to enthusiastic reviews from the Village Voice, Newsday, Kirkus Reviews, the New York Review of Books, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Molly Hite’s second novel, Breach of Immunity, is a gender-switching police procedural set in the midst of the AIDS epidemic and introducing a startling new murder weapon. Now retired, Molly lives in Bellingham, Washington, with a small dog and two very large cats. She is working on a novel about parents, children and the opioid crisis.
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