Colloquium: Sara Phenix

Date(s) - 05/31/2018
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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Sara Phenix, French & Italian, will present for the Humanities Center’s weekly colloquium on Thursday, May 31st. The presentation will be held at 3:00 PM in room 4010 JFSB.

Title: Bodice Politic: Fashion, Fiction, and Physiology in Nineteenth-Century France


Most scholarship about nineteenth-century French fashion focuses on either its role as social currency or aesthetic expression. In this presentation, Professor Phenix considers the biological effects of fashion in the work of late nineteenth-century authors Edmond de Goncourt, Guy de Maupassant, and Emile Zola. These authors engage theories of degeneration, embryology, and evolutionary science as they explore consequences of fashion on the bodies of individual women and for the French nation.

Refreshments will be served.

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