The archetypal figure of the femme fatale as a literary construct is a masculine creation. This lecture will explore the development of the femme fatale from her literary inception in France about 1840 through to her development in American literature which ends about 1920, a period that produced an unprecedented number of manifestations of her in the roles of muse, mistress, and emasculator. As one of the most important literary images of the period, the femme fatale offers the opportunity for some interesting speculations about men’s attitudes towards Woman both then and now. Presented by the C.G. Jung Club of Orange County.
Location: Chapman University, Smith Hall, 115
Time: 3 p.m. Social Gathering, lecture begins at 4 p.m.
Cost at the door: $10 students; $15 members of C.G. Jung Club; $20 non-members
Speaker: Dean of Wilkinson College Patrick Quinn