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Hospitality and Treachery in Western Literature$
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James A. W. Heffernan

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300195583

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300195583.001.0001

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Rousseau to Stendhal

Rousseau to Stendhal

The Eroticized Hostess

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Hospitality and Treachery in Western Literature

James A. W. Heffernan

Yale University Press

This chapter examines seduction by hostesses in Romantic literature. In his autobiography, Confessions, Rosseau became a long-term guest in Madame de Waren's house in the town of Annecy. She remained his surrogate mother and hostess, and shared his bed as well. In Stendhal's Red and Black, the hostess Madame de Rênal treats Julien Sorel, a household servant, as her surrogate son, lover, and guest. The chapter also examines Coleridge's Christabel, a Gothic ballad in which the hostess is both eroticized and repressed.

Keywords:   seduction, Romantic literature, Confessions, Rosseau, Coleridge, Christabel, hostess

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