Dance in the novels of Balzac, Flaubert and Maupassant
French Literature and Dance
Wed 22nd Feb 12-1pm
Venue: Bishop Otter Campus: Room LO3
Anna Davies will speak on the literary representations of social dance in the novels of Balzac (1799-1850), Flaubert (1821-80) and Maupassant (1850-93). Setting these readings in the context of the historical court records pertaining to ‘illicit’ dancing in the Paris dance-halls and guinguettes, she will explore how far these literary portrayals add to our understanding of the social and political significance of popular dance in Paris as the 19th century unfolded.