Live Stream | Sarah Horowitz presents The Red Widow in conversation with Nimisha Barton

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Image shows a red box with the text: Virtual. Sarah Horowitz in conversation with Nimisha Barton. Wed. 9.28.22. 6 PM ET. Also shown are a photos of the presenters and the front cover of Horowitz’s book THE RED WIDOW.

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Paris, 1889: Margeurite Steinheil is a woman with ambition. But having been born into a middle-class family and trapped in a marriage to a failed artist twenty years her senior, she knows her options are limited. Determined to fashion herself into a new woman, Meg orchestrates a scandalous plan with her most powerful resource: her body. Amid the dazzling glamor, art, and romance of bourgeois Paris, she takes elite men as her lovers, charming her way into the good graces of the rich and powerful. Her ambitions, though, go far beyond becoming the most desirable woman in Paris; at her core, she is a woman determined to conquer French high society. But the game she plays is a perilous one: navigating misogynistic double-standards, public scrutiny, and political intrigue, she is soon vaulted into infamy in the most dangerous way possible. A real-life femme fatale, Meg influences government positions and resorts to blackmail--and maybe even poisoning--to get her way. Leaving a trail of death and disaster in her wake, she earns the name the Red Widow for mysteriously surviving a home invasion that leaves both her husband and mother dead. With the police baffled and the public enraged, Meg breaks every rule in the bourgeois handbook and becomes the most notorious woman in Paris.

Sarah Horowitz has a PhD in modern European history from UC Berkeley and is core faculty in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Washington and Lee University. She teaches classes on French history from the seventeenth century to the present, as well as the history of gender and sexuality in modern Europe. She also teaches courses on crime and scandal and Parisian life and history.

Nimisha Barton serves as Director of Equity and Inclusion at an independent school in Los Angeles and as a diversity and inclusion consultant for institutions of higher education. She has published her research in French Politics, Culture and Society and the Journal of Women's History. She has also received awards and fellowships from the Georges Lurcy Charitable and Educational Trust, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Society for French Historical Studies, and the Western Society for French History. Follow her on Twitter @NimishaBarton.

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The Red Widow: The Scandal that Shook Paris and the Woman Behind it All By Sarah Horowitz Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781728226323
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Sourcebooks - September 6th, 2022

Reproductive Citizens: Gender, Immigration, and the State in Modern France, 1880-1945 By Nimisha Barton Cover Image
$41.19
ISBN: 9781501770203
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Cornell University Press - July 15th, 2023

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