FREN 4450 Becoming: Metamorphosis in 19th Century (Fall: 3 )
19th-century France is obsessed with "becoming." Realist novels often explore this metamorphosis in terms of upward mobility and sexual freedom: the bumpkin-turned-metrosexual, the cross-dresser, etc. But narratives of becoming also play with fantasy and horror: animate statues, creepy dolls, robots, and the secret life of fashion all explore the weird relationship between the animate and the inanimate and probe existential questions about the very meaning of "alive." We'll analyze various narratives of becoming in literary texts, visual art, essays to ask what the fantasy of metamorphosis tells us about the interchangeable status of human and thing in the modern world.
Instructor(s): Lauren Ravalico
Last Updated: 21-Feb-14