E 322 • Paris: A Multimedia Portrait
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
Paris is a lure and alluring. Like an artist's model, she is both seductive and evasive. This city that has dominated Western Civilization for almost 1000 years has sat for her portrait in every generation. In our course we shall study her portraits by various artists in various media. Our time span will be limited to the last 250 years when the world paid homage to her beauty, power and creativity.
The course will rapidly set Paris in its geographical, ecological [they still grow and make wine in Paris!], political and cultural milieux and prepare the class to appreciate this city from the various perspectives of the media which have portrayed the city.
We shall give attention to the rich architectural splendors of the city, following the Seine River as it unfolds the new national Library, the new Opera, Notre Dame, the Louvre, the Conciergerie, Place de la Concorde, The Invalides [Napoleon's Tomb], the Arc de Triomphe, and the Eiffel Tower, watching the city spread in Baron de Haussman's master plan.
5 papers of 4 pages each totaling 20 pages 80%
Midterm and Final exam 20%
Baudeliare, Paris Spleen
Proust, Swann in Love
Zola, Nana or L'assomoir
Henry James, The Ambassadors
Edith Wharton, Madam de reymes
Hemingway, Moveable Feast
Also: music, art, and photography about Paris and films set in Paris in the 19th Century.