Stories Set in Cities: Paris

GENINT 731.435

Osher (50+). In this course, we read a variety of stories set in Paris.


About this course:

Perhaps no other European city has captured the imagination of the artistically and romantically minded as Paris. Theatrical and elegant, seamy and intellectual, Paris has never lost its alluring power, richly evoked in the compelling and seductive tales of authors who have been there. Among them, Laurence Sterne explores the eighteenth-century temptations of the French capital in a teasing study of foreign mores, and Restif de la Bretonne provides an eyewitness account of the horrors and glories of the French Revolution. Balzac, Victor Hugo, Flaubert, and Zola offer fascinating portraits of the growing metropolis’s teeming humanity during the nineteenth-century; J. K. Huysmans describes a memorable evening at the Folies Bergère in 1880; and Colette recounts the sensual adventures of a young girl in decadent early twentieth-century Paris. Closer to home, F. Scott Fitzgerald revels the urban glamour of Paris and James Baldwin celebrates the city’s sexual freedoms. From more recent decades, Michel Tournier’s North African immigrant walks a camel along the boulevards and Nobel Laureate (2014) Patrick Modiano nostalgically maps the famed Parisian arrondissements.

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