Lorettes and society
Class Prostitutes and the Law
Representations in Les Miserables
Realities of Authority in Paris
Brothels and Streetwalkers
The Privileged Class: Courtesans
Defining the courtesan
Courtesans in reality
the 19th century, during the time of Hugo's Les Miserables, the
differing categories of prostitutes were subject to varying degrees
of societal response, as well as distinctive depictions of prostitutes
and authority in both the art and literature of the day.
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hundred francs," thought Fantine, "but where is there
a place where one can earn a hundred sous a day?" "Come!"
said she, "I will sell what is left." The unfortunate
creature became a woman of the town.
wondered what it was like to be a prostitute in Paris in the 19th
century? (Admit it, you've thought about it.) In the following
pages, you will get a behind the scenes look at the lifestyles
of three distinctly different classes of prositutes, through the
eyes of the law, artists and writers.