‘THE FALLEN WOMAN AND ‘LA DAME AUX CAMELIAS’’

SYDNEY ESCORT AGENCY OWNER – BIDDLE BARROWS

SYDNEY ESCORT AGENCY OWNER – BIDDLE BARROWS

An American businesswoman, who also became known as Sheila Devin, an escort agency owner, was born on January 14th, 1952. ...
Read More
Thinking Of Hiring An Escort? Here Are The Different Types You Need To Know

Thinking Of Hiring An Escort? Here Are The Different Types You Need To Know

While selling of the flesh has been present since the dawn of time, the sex industry is still harboured with...
Read More
Escort Facts From History

Escort Facts From History

Who doesn’t need brushing up on sex facts every now and then? Sex education in schools may not be the...
Read More
ANNIE SPRINKLE – EX -PORNSTAR, ARTIST, TEACHER AND ECOSEXUAL

ANNIE SPRINKLE – EX -PORNSTAR, ARTIST, TEACHER AND ECOSEXUAL

ANNIE SPRINKLE – EX -PORNSTAR, ARTIST, TEACHER AND ECOSEXUAL WITH A MISSION There's a lot of fear around sex, and...
Read More
Dr. Judith Glover – outside the box, sex toys with a twist

Dr. Judith Glover – outside the box, sex toys with a twist

Dr Judith Glover is an industrial designer and professor at RMIT leading the way in sexual design and health innovation....
Read More
JAPANESE BONDAGE – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW!

JAPANESE BONDAGE – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW!

JAPANESE BONDAGE – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW! “Playing with rope bondage is usually an emotionally intimate space to share. It...
Read More
Decriminalisation of Sex Work in South Australia – Tammy Franks

Decriminalisation of Sex Work in South Australia – Tammy Franks

According to Tammy Franks, “Decriminalisation of consensual sex work is supported by the World Health Organisation and Amnesty International as...
Read More
Jack the Ripper’s Women by Hallie Rubenhold

Jack the Ripper’s Women by Hallie Rubenhold

JACK THE RIPPER AND HIS KILLINGS MYTHOLOGISED The murder of five women in Victorian London by Jack the Ripper in...
Read More
Brooke Magnanti – Belle de Jour

Brooke Magnanti – Belle de Jour

She’s a thinking man’s dream girl…there is nothing this woman can’t do, and you can tell by the history of...
Read More
Marie Duplessis – famous courtesan

Marie Duplessis – famous courtesan

[She was] the most elegant of women, having the most aristocratic taste and the most exquisite tact:  she set the...
Read More

‘La Dame Aux Camelias’ or the ‘Lady of the Camellias’ is a semi-autobiographical novel set in mid – 19th Century France and written by Alexandre Dumas in 1848.

One of the play’s core themes is illicit love. The story of the title character Marguerite Gautier (is based on the real-life lover of author Dumas) tells the tragic love story between Marguerite a courtesan suffering from consumption and Armand young middle-class man.

The ‘fallen woman’ is a lady who is of ‘loose character’ who has had sexual relations before marriage. The fallen woman is often the object of pity in modern literature, and these tales are usually cautionary.

La Dame Aux Camelias is not such a cautionary tale, in fact, the novel and play produced sympathy for the character of Marguerite and according to the essay La Dame aux Camelias’ Effect on Society’s view of the “Fallen Woman” by Christiana Johnson. In the essay Johnson goes on to state:

“Marguerite Gautier, a “fallen woman,” as having redeemable qualities which challenged both society’s condemnation of the “fallen woman” and led to a more realistic portrayal of life on the stage and in literature as a whole.”

The novel was groundbreaking for this very reason and has been relegated the status of a ‘classic’ work.
The novel was written when Dumas was only 23 years old. The book inspired not only the Opera La Traviata which premiered in 1853 but also more recently, the Baz Luhrmann’s film ‘Moulin Rouge’ (2001). Another interesting fact – Alexandre Dumas was the illegitimate son of Alexandre Dumas the author of the Count of Monte Christo and the Three Muskateers.

The play adaption of the novel premiered at the Theatre du Vaudeville in Paris. Johnson writes, ‘a powerful member of the nobility the Duc de Morny half brother Napoleon III supported Dumas, and the play thus went on to be a huge success due to this patronage.’ Also, interestingly the play was censored by the French Government three times! ‘In fact, the government only lifted the ban as an attempt to distract the public from the current political strain as a result of Louis Napoleon declaring himself emperor in 1851,’ according to Johnson.

La Dame aux Camelias effect has been long-lasting. Not only was it a massive success at the time it was written and produced for the stage, but the play and novel also have endured the test of time, the text is still widely read and enjoyed today. The work fundamentally changed the way the public views the ‘fallen woman.’ No longer relegated to a lower caste, the ‘fallen woman’ (in this case Marguerite) was a sympathetic character who demonstrated that courtesans could be multi-dimensional and more than just a ‘loose woman’ of low moral worth.

https://www.sdopera.com/Content/Operapaedia/Operas/Latraviata/LibrettoSource.htm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Dame_aux_Camélias
https://www.britannica.com/topic/Camille-fictional-character
https://digitalcommons.liberty.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1039&context=kabod