HISTORY 195 - The Writing of History
Winter 2022, Section 001 - Reinventing Paris, 1600 to the Present
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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Details

Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
FYWR
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Other Course Info:
This course may not be included in a History major. F.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Description

Before the foundations for the Eiffel Tower were laid, or the City of Lights strung with a single streetlamp, Paris was a rough and tumble maze of crooked medieval streets, overflowing cemeteries, and dismal sanitation. Tracing Paris's transformation into the first modern metropolis in the West—one with broad boulevards, street lighting, public squares, a police force, and even public restroom facilities—this class will ask students to analyze and write about the city as a historical artifact. Using police archives, memoirs, songs, images, and films, we will examine how "ordinary" Parisians experienced the changing city, dwelling at length on the experiences of women and colonial citizens. We will examine how the creation of public spaces and amenities fostered novel urban experiences, but also reinforced racial and gendered inequalities among the city's residents. And, finally, we will reflect on how and why Paris came to hold such power over twentieth-century American writers and artists, using films and magazine articles as jumping-off points for our own written reflections.

Course Requirements:

Three short essays; one social media assignment; one creative assignment; one final research paper

Intended Audience:

First-year students who need to take an introductory writing class at Michigan.

Class Format:

Seminar.

Schedule

HISTORY 195 - The Writing of History
Schedule Listing
001 (REC)
 In Person
18379
Closed
0
1Y1
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
002 (REC)
 In Person
21144
Closed
0
4Y1
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MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
003 (REC)
 In Person
21763
Closed
0
2Y1
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
004 (REC)
 In Person
34839
Closed
0
18Y1
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MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM

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