FRENCH 369 - Literature, History, and Culture of Modernity
Fall 2022, Section 001 - Paris, Capital of the Nineteenth Century
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: French (FRENCH)
Department: LSA Romance Languages & Literatures
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Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Enforced Prerequisites:
FRENCH 235 or RCLANG 320 and two courses in FRENCH numbered 250-299; or two courses in RCLANG 320 and one course in FRENCH numbered 250-299.
May be elected twice for credit.
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The grandiose, hyperbolic title of Walter Benjamin's famous essay of 1935 will provide a point of departure for this course on the representation of Paris in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century French literature, and its crucial importance in formulating the experience of modernity. Special attention will be paid to the features of urban experience and the means of representing these; the role of key Parisian figures such as the flâneur and the crowd; the relation of the city to the fantastic and grotesque; the place of technology, advertising, fashion, public spaces (shopping arcades, grands boulevards, railway stations, etc); the significance of recurrent metaphors for Paris (hell, the female body, illness, the machine); and the nature of meaning, reality, representation and communication in the modern urban context.
Works by Balzac, Baudelaire, Zola, Proust, Aragon, Benjamin, Certeau.


FRENCH 369 - Literature, History, and Culture of Modernity
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001 (REC)
 In Person
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM

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