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Guenther talk to look at Mme. de Staël vs. Napoleon

In Revolutionary France of the late 18th century, one woman had the courage to stand up to the juggernaut that was Napoleon. Madame de Staël was a writer and cultural critic whose public opposition to the emperor triggered her exile from France, but whose ideas still resonate today.

Though the period is known as a key turning point in Western culture, associated with emancipation and human rights and the shift from “subject’ to “citizen,” it paradoxically was a time in which women were blocked from the public forum and their rights, including to divorce, were limited. In response, Mme. de Staël brilliantly used literature to mobilize an intellectual resistance to the political situation.

This outstanding woman will be the topic of a talk by Dr. Beatrice Guenther, French. She will present “Trading on Cultural Capital: Mme. De Staël’s Politics of Literature” at 1 p.m. Tuesday (Feb. 23) in 207 Bowen-Thompson Student Union. as part of the Scholars and Artists in Residence Series sponsored by BGSU’s Institute for the Study of Culture and Society (ICS).

Guenther is an ICS Fellow this year at work on a book-length manuscript about women theorists of education of the post-revolutionary period in France.


Opera students to perform ‘Elixir of Love’

The opera that launched the careers of such famous tenors as Enrico Caruso and Luciano Pavarotti will be performed by the BGSU Opera Theater this week. Gaetano Donizetti’s comic opera “The Elixir of Love (L’elisir d’amore)” will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday (Feb. 26) and at 3 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 28) in Kobacker Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center.

A free, pre-concert forum will be held at 7:15 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall.

The plot concerns a young peasant man named Nemorino and his unrequited love for the beautiful Adina, a wealthy country girl. Desperate to win Adina’s affection, Nemorino spends all his money on nothing more than cheap red wine, believing it to be a love potion. Audiences will be delighted to discover with Nemorino that a potion-induced passion pales in comparison to genuine devotion.

The performance will be sung in Italian, with English supertitles.

The production is directed by Dr. Ronald Shields, chair of the Department of Theatre and Film. Dr. Emily Freeman Brown, director of orchestral activities, is the musical director.
 
Tickets are $9 for senior citizens and $12 for other adults. BGSU students can buy tickets for $5 plus a canned good. Donations will be given to the Bowling Green Food Pantry. If purchased at the door on the day of the performance, tickets are $12 for senior citizens and $15 for adults.

Tickets can be purchased at the Moore Center box office weekdays from noon-6 p.m. or by calling 2-8171.


 
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