Paris and Its Representations: Realities and Fantasies|
Spring 2015 not offered
|Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory|
This course investigates some of the myths and realities of Paris. Starting from an analysis of Paris in late 19th-century novels and paintings, we will explore the shifting perceptions of the city during the 20th century in fiction, poetry, photography, painting, and film. We will focus on such themes as the role of history in the structuring of the city, the importance of architecture in the ever-changing social fabric, and the recurrent opposition between the city and its suburbs. Students will be asked to attend various screenings.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (COL)(FRST-MN)(FRST)(RMST)
Guy de Maupassant, BEL AMI
Patrick Modiano, QUARTIER PERDU, Folio
Eric Hazan, L'INVENTION DE PARIS, Seuil
Pinçon-Charlot, SOCIOLOGIE DE PARIS, La Découverte.
A course packet will complete the readings with texts by Balzac, Sand, Baudelaire, Pérec and Rolin. Paintings by Degas, Manet, Delaunay and others will be closely examined as well as photographs by Doisneau, Cartier-Bresson and Brassai. There will be screenings of films by American and French directors including Huston, Minelli, Godard, Rohmer, and Carax.
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While any student who has completed FREN 215 (with a minimum grade of B) or has placed out of FREN 215 through the placement test may sign up for this course, it is an introductory course intended for students who have just completed FREN 215 or not taken more than one course in French beyond 215 and not yet studied abroad in a French-speaking country. Readings, written assignments and class discussions will be in French. Only COL students may take this course CR/U. All others must take it for a letter grade. Students who are not admitted to the course through pre-registration are strongly encouraged to submit an enrollment request and attend the first class.
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