Events in Modern Languages & Cultures
Professor Susanne Kord: Women on the Scaffold: on the Etiquette of Execution
Professor Susanne Kord of German Department, University College, London [http://www.ucl.ac.uk/German/staff/kord.htm] will be giving a paper entitled 'Women on the Scaffold: on the Etiquette of Execution' on 31 October 2007 as part of the Modern Languages Seminar Series.
Eighteenth-century executions were highly theatrical events: just like the drama of the period, they were destined for performance, configured for maximum dramatic effect and intended to convey a moral lesson to the audience. Women played a central part in these performances. My talk will focus on 'final statements' spoken by women on the scaffold, in both literature and real life, in order to show how one relates to the other, and how both define the contemporary 'etiquette' of execution.
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