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The Waltz, the Cotillon, and the Hazards of Choice

Sophia Rosenfeld, University of Pennsylvania

October 14, 2019 · 4:30 pm · 010 East Pyne

Program in European Cultural Studies; Eberhard L. Faber 1915 Memorial Fund in the Humanities Council

Having and making choices has come to stand for freedom in the modern world.  How has this happened?  This talk will consider the 19th-century ballroom, and especially two French dances particular to it, the waltz and the cotillon, to understand how European men and women learned to navigate one area of growing choice: sexual partnerships and marriage.

This event is free and open to the public.



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