Susan Griffin – The Courtesans of Paris and the Paris of Courtesans
The Courtesans of Paris and the Paris of Courtesans with Susan Griffin Thursdays, January 28- February 18, 2010 (4 classes) 1-4 p.m.
From the 17th century until the early 20th century, Paris was famous for its courtesans. Neither prostitutes nor mistresses, courtesans were the erotic friends of kings and aristocrats, wealthy entrepreneurs, writers, and artists. Usually born poor, they rose to great heights and were among the first modern celebrities. Paris would not have been the same without them, as they helped define the famous social scene along the Grand Boulevards, appeared in paintings, and inspired fictional characters in novels. Explore this chapter of womens history and how it intersected with the city of Paris.