L'Art de l'excès

FREN 2170M S01 [CRN: 16235]

This seminar considers the late 19th-century idea of decadence, understood as extravagant reaction to perceived social dissipation and political decline. We will focus on the esthetics, politics, and practices of excess in fin-de-siècle fiction. Topics include: decadent estheticism, proto-fascism, altered states, and non-normative sexualities. Authors include Eekhoud, Lorrain, Huysmans, Péladan, Rachilde, Lemonnier, Vivien. Fictional texts will be accompanied by contemporary non-fictional sources (Nordau, Bourget, Kraft-Ebbing, Lombroso). Taught in French.
Fall 2017
15:00 - 17:30 Wed - from Sep 6, 2017 to Dec 21, 2017