La Belle Epoque: Politics, Society, and Culture in France, 1880-1914 (3) Interdisciplinary perspectives on the politics, society, and culture of France, 1880-1914.
FR 453Y LaBelle Epoque: Politics, Society, and Culture in France, 1880-1914 (3)
The goal of this course is to present and analyze the period of extraordinary changes in all domains known as the "Belle Epoque." The starting point for an examination of these changes is Guy de Maupassant's novel, Bel-Ami (1885), which describes the social and professional ascension of an egotistical Parisian parvenu, Georges Duroy. The reading of this novel will allow us at the same time to study in detail one of the novel's protagonists: Paris. Through our discussions and through consideration of a wide range of primary and secondary texts, we will examine the complex rapport between literature (as well as art) and society at the end of the nineteenth century, and we will attempt to answer questions such as: how did the changing Parisian landscape inspire the authors, artists et musicians of this era? How did the new Parisian space
encourage the development of new "places of pleasure" cafes, cabarets, cafes-concerts, theaters, racetracks, restaurants, etc.? How did innovations in architecture and the decorative arts, which flourished under the name of Art Nouveau, reflect both social developments and the transforming profile of Paris? What was, in fact, the new social and artistic geography of the capital?
Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.