Event Title

Discussions of 19th Century French Realism

Faculty Mentor

Laura Dufresne, Ph.D.

College

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Department

Department of Fine Arts

Location

DIGS 114

Start Date

20-4-2018 3:30 PM

Description

Gustave Flaubert's literary masterpiece, Madame Bovary, challenges readers to think about cultural and societal standards in the analysis of the moral conundrum faced by the central character. Flaubert specifically presents a critique of women's role in society by using strong elements of irony and melodrama. The contemporary artist Gustave Courbet similarly challenges viewers to self-reflect on their cultural and societal status within his work. He directly acknowledges the viewers in his work, allowing him to politically confront them with a strong opinion. This paper will present how these artists create a sense of morality in a seemingly amoral world of their own creation.

Course Assignment

ARTH 482 – Dufresne

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Apr 20th, 3:30 PM

Discussions of 19th Century French Realism

DIGS 114

Gustave Flaubert's literary masterpiece, Madame Bovary, challenges readers to think about cultural and societal standards in the analysis of the moral conundrum faced by the central character. Flaubert specifically presents a critique of women's role in society by using strong elements of irony and melodrama. The contemporary artist Gustave Courbet similarly challenges viewers to self-reflect on their cultural and societal status within his work. He directly acknowledges the viewers in his work, allowing him to politically confront them with a strong opinion. This paper will present how these artists create a sense of morality in a seemingly amoral world of their own creation.