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  • Book examines dangers of reading for young men in late 19th-century France

    Book cover and François Proulx

    French professor François Proulx examines the social concern over young men’s reading habits in late 19th-century France, and the forgotten novels that proposed to address the issue, in his new book “Victims of the Book: Reading and Masculinity in Fin-de-Siècle France.”

    Proulx had difficulty finding a 19th-century painting featuring a man reading for the book cover. He eventually found the painting “Boy with Skull” by Paul Cézanne. Proulx said paintings, as well as scholarship, most often deal with women and reading during that time period.

    Courtesy François Proulx

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  • Editor’s note: To contact François Proulx, email fproulx@illinois.edu.