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A Fear of Sex: the femme fatale in 19th century Europe

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Who is the femme fatale and why was ‘she’ so popular in late 19th century Europe? This talk attempts to answer this question by exploring the image and idea of the femme fatale in the art and popular culture fin de siècle Europe. Including the work of Munch, Klimt, Oscar Wilde and Sarah Bernhardt we think about the attraction and disgust associated with the most corrupted women.

 

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SKU: Femme-fatale Categories: Identity, Visual art

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Speaker: Sarah Jaffray

Sarah Jaffray holds a BA and MA in Art History with an emphasis in 19th/20th century France and a minor in the Italian Renaissance. She holds a second MA in Cultural Theory from Goldsmiths, University of London. Sarah was a lecturer for several colleges and universities in the Los Angeles area before relocating to London in 2012. She has worked in curatorial roles at the British Museum and Wellcome Collection. Sarah is currently a lecturer at the University of Arts London and Coordinator for City Lit’s Art History programme. Her art historical practice focuses on experimental narratives, artistic process, art pedagogy, politics and philosophy. Sarah’s current research is focused on translation and empathy.

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