Humanities 375.01 — Paris: Biography of a City
Paris is one of the world’s greatest cities and a means by which we can explore the creation of modern urban culture, as it has manifested itself in art, architecture, literature, politics, and socioeconomic change. We will trace three themes in particular: 1) Paris as a city of protest and revolution, 2) Paris as the world capital of avant-garde art and culture, 3) the physical transformation of the city itself from a medieval metropolis to the capital of modernity. The perspective will be multidisciplinary, that is we will look at the development of Paris through painting, architecture, literature, film, and memoir. We will spend about two-thirds of the course on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.