THE CHILDREN OF LIBERTINE NOVELS: LOST IN THE MOMENT Public Deposited

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  • March 19, 2019
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  • Bunch, Cameron
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Romance Studies
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  • This essay endeavors to resolve an apparent contradiction: though French society in the years preceding and following the Revolution was marked by a concern with a perceived decline in birthrate and a need to increase the rate of reproduction in order to strengthen and revitalize the nation, reproduction and children are almost entirely absent from the body of libertine novels, despite these texts’ central concern with the private and public discourses surrounding sex. This essay discusses contemporary concerns about reproduction and consults literary fiction by Sade, Denon, and Laclos in order to shed light upon and discuss this contradiction.
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  • Welch, Ellen
  • Melehy, Hassan
  • Tanner, Jessica
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  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2015
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