Femme Couronnée d’épines [Woman Crowned with Thorns]

Morphine, Sex, and Freedom at the Fin-De-Siècle

At the end of the 19th century, the rise of consumer culture, a growing feminist movement, and a strange new habit called “morphinomania” changed the image of the ideal Victorian woman as a paragon of moral virtue, domestic order, and self-restraint. Weaving together histories of consumerism, feminism, and medicine, Susan Zieger examines women’s struggles against discrimination and drug addiction at the fin-de-siecle. Zieger researches and teaches 19th-century literature and culture at UC Riverside. She is the author of Inventing the Addict: Drugs, Race, and Sexuality in Nineteenth-Century British and American Literature.

In conjunction with Tea and Morphine: Women in Paris, 1880 to 1914.


Location: Billy Wilder Theater
Ticketing: Tickets are required and available at the Box Office one hour before the program. General admission tickets are available one per person on a first come, first served basis following member ticketing. Early arrival is recommended.
HAMMER PLUS Benefit: Members receive priority ticketing (until 15 minutes before the program) by skipping the general admission line and can choose their seats, subject to availability.
Parking: Under the museum, $3 flat rate after 6 p.m. (cash only)

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All Hammer public programs are free and made possible by a major gift from the Dream Fund at UCLA.

Generous support is also provided by Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy, the Simms/Mann Family Foundation, The Brotman Foundation of California, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley, and all Hammer members.