• Reading Paris Underground: A Social Imaginary in the Long Nineteenth Century

    Author(s):
    Rebecca Powers (see profile)
    Date:
    2018
    Subject(s):
    French literature, Culture, History, Realism, Nineteenth century
    Item Type:
    Syllabus
    Tag(s):
    Cultural history, 19th-century French literature
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6JS1D
    Abstract:
    This course traces the idea of “the underground” as it appears in French texts between 1788 and 1873 both from the literary canon and in other works that compose the larger cultural structure of the time. To gain a deeper understanding of literary works, and indeed what it meant for a text to be “literary” in the long nineteenth century, we look at a wide variety of discursive objects in dialogue with one another about the nature of the underground. Close readings of major works by Balzac, Hugo, Baudelaire, and Zola will be complemented by newspaper articles, moralist social surveys, short stories, poems, cabaret songs, photographs, sketches, caricatures, and even film clips.
    Notes:
    This course was most recently taught in Spring Quarter 2018
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