112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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French II

Session Chair: 
Laura Klein, University of California, Irvine
Session 2: Friday 10:45am-12:15pm
RCC Meeting Room 10
Topic Area: 


  1. Lynn R. Wilkinson, University of Texas, Austin
    The two endings of Germaine de Staël's Delphine (1802) are equally important for an understanding of the novel.  The first, in which the main characters die heroically and absurdly, represents an active refusal of the oppressive culture of the Ancien Régime.  The second, in Léonce's obsession with honor kills Delphine slowly, suggests the insidious influence of this culture in nineteenth-century Europe and points forward to the nineteenth-century novel, in which symbolic violence plays a key role.
  2. CJ Gomolka, DePauw University
    While homosexuality was decriminalized in France after the 1789 Revolution, the specter of deviant sexuality haunted France throughout the nineteenth century.  This talk will discuss the relationship between homosexuality as specter and spectacle in fin-de-siècle ideology through an analysis of the representation of the dandy in Lorrain’s Monsieur de Bougrelon, Monsieur de Phocas, and Le vice errant.       
  3. Winter Borg, University of California, Davis
    The works of Racine (Phèdre) and Proust (Tome II) will be juxtaposed in order to analyze the qualities of vision and reception in the characters of Thésée and Marcel (viewing Phèdre performed by la Berma). The ability of literature to assist the reader in managing emotions will be discussed and explored.  
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