Professor Jonathan Culler (Cornell University) will guide a close reading of Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal, exploring the tension between the inauguration of modernity and such nonmodern elements as traditional verse forms, a distinctive rhetorical repertoire, and a thematics of sin, Satanism, and misogyny. The love poems, arguably the most remarkable array
of attitudes and postures, and rhetorical developments of any collection of love poetry, will receive special attention.
STIPENDS AND EXPENSES: Participation in an institute carries a stipend of $1,500. The National Humanities Center will cover the cost of travel, lodging, meals, and texts.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Participants will have individual apartments in a residence hotel within ten minutes of the Center. The Center will provide bus service to and from the hotel.
DEADLINE: Applications must be postmarked by March 6, 2009.
Coordinator of Education Programs
Richard R. Schramm
Vice President for Education Programs
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