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291. Acrobatic Figures, Acrobatics of Figuration in Zola, the Goncourts, Seurat, and Rachilde

Friday, 6 January, 1:45–3:00 p.m., Redwood, Sheraton

A special session

Presiding: Margaret E. Gray, Indiana Univ., Bloomington

1. "The Acrobatics of Rhetoric, the Exercise of Reading: Zola," Susan Harrow, Univ. of Bristol

2. "The Fantaisiste Aesthetic in the Fiction of Edmond and Jules de Goncourt," Peter Vantine, Saint Michael's Coll.

3. "Visual Acrobatics: Spectacular Entertainment in Georges Seurat's Circus Paintings," Claire White, Univ. of Cambridge, Peterhouse Coll.

4. "Playing with Knives (also Cultures, Literary Genres, Bodies, and Readers) in Rachilde's La jongleuse," Margaret E. Gray

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