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Confessions in Fiction, Opera, and Memoir

Title: Confessions in Fiction, Opera, and Memoir: Subversive Elements of Courtesan Celebrity in Nineteenth-Century Paris.
Name(s): Sasson, Renée-Michèle , author
Boutin, Aimée, professor directing dissertation
O'Rourke, James L., university representative
Cloonan, William J., committee member
Pietralunga, Mark, committee member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Arts and Sciences, degree granting college
Program in Interdisciplinary Humanities , degree granting department
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Doctoral Thesis
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2016
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (301 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The present study aims to investigate various writers of nineteenth-century France whose topic is that of the courtesan, or public woman. The question proposed is: Can a woman ever recover from a fall into prostitution? The rehabilitation of the courtesan assumes a moral framework and therefore the fallen woman can never be redeemed in the nineteenth-century imaginary. The dame aux camélias myth elicits the sympathy of the reader but traps the protagonist in the moral framework and her only option is death. To counter the myth, the courtesan's confessional narrative uses celebrity to free herself from the framework and re-invent herself. The study argues whether a "fallen" woman can ever be truly rehabilitated and if so, how? What are the limitations of rehabilitation?
Identifier: FSU_2017SP_Sasson_fsu_0071E_13692 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Program in Interdisciplinary Humanities in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Fall Semester 2016.
Date of Defense: December 13, 2016.
Keywords: 19th century Paris, Courtesan celebrity, Dumas fils, Memoir Confession, Sand, Verdi
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Aimée Boutin, Professor Directing Dissertation; James O'Rourke, University Representative; William Cloonan, Committee Member; Mark Pietralunga, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Europe -- Study and teaching
Women's studies
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Owner Institution: FSU

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