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Paris : City of Literature

Eiffel Tour © Hela Sharkas
© Hela Sharkas

Discover the vibrant interplay between art and literature with focus on the 20th century


What you’ll learn: This course will employ an interdisciplinary approach to explore Paris as a literary hub, for both French and foreign writers, throughout history. Students will examine literary depictions of Paris through close readings and in-class discussions of key texts, as well as the relationship between literature and other artistic media, such as film, photography, and fine arts. The course will give a particular focus to the 20th century: the rise of modernism and postmodernism as literary movements; the vibrant interplay between art and literature, including their parallel experimentalism; and the role of Paris as a refuge for writers from all over the world, especially those facing discrimination in their home countries (e.g. African-American, LGBTQ+, and Jewish communities). Students may also have the chance to depict Paris in their own words through creative writing exercises.

Where you’ll visit: Key literary sites, including the homes and favorite cafés of famous writers, Père Lachaise cemetery,
Musée Carnavalet (museum of the history of Paris), bookstores, and libraries.

Course highlight: Writing and discussing over a coffee at a café that was home to some of the great writers of the 20th century.

Prerequisites: Students should be comfortable reading and discussing texts in English

Level: Open to all

When: Session 2 (July 1 – July 12, 2024), Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm

Tuition Cost:
Early Bird Rate (valid until Jan.15 EXTENDED through Feb.15) – 3 Credit: €2300 | Audit: €1545
Standard Rate (after Jan.15 Feb.15) –  3 Credit: €2700 | Audit: €1800

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