FREN 4474 Venal Muses : prostitution in 19th century French literature (Spring: 3 )
This course will examine the representation of prostitutes in the 19th century French literature, and analyze the fascination that contemporary novelists (from Hugo and Balzac to Maupassant and Zola) and artists (Manet, Toulouse-Lautrec, Guys, Degas) had with prostitution. What social anxieties were conveyed by this obsession? Did prostitutes’ idiosyncratic lifestyle entitle them to a perfectly “novelistic destiny”? What was their role in the creation of romantic, realist or naturalist aesthetics? How did the workers of the “world’s oldest profession” come to illustrate the idea of modernity? These are some of the questions that will be raised in this course.
Instructor(s): Larysa Smirnova
Last Updated: 01-May-14