FREN 397-Paris: Artistic History of Paris

Paris 2008
"Paris ressemble à un théâtre qui a gardé les traces de toutes les pièces jouées précédemment." Raymond Devos (1922-2006), Belgian-French humorist

Between 200 and 250 BC, Gauls of the Parisii tribe settled and established a small fishing village on a small island in the Seine river, the Ile de la Cité. Later conquered by Julius Caesar in 52 A.D., the Roman city of Lutèce was finally renamed Paris in 212 A.D. La Ville lumière, Paris, has witnessed over 2,000 years artistic and intellectual history and achievements. This one-credit spring break course, lead occasionally by Dr. Scott Fish, is designed to expose intermediate- and advanced-level French-language students to snapshots of some of the Parisian sites, monuments, structures, and artistic treasures from antiquity to the early twenty-first century that have contributed to the historical development and artistic renown of la plus belle ville du monde. Students will further conduct pre-departure and on-site individual research projects on one Parisian monument or landmark, and submit a paper and provide a public presentation of their research.

At the end of this course, students should be able: (1) to identify and to explain significant artistic and architectural achievements and works, and significant historical events and figures that have contributed to the development of Paris; and (2) to articulate in English (297) or in French (397) the history, artistic achievement, and significance of a major Parisian monument (critical bibliography, individual research topic, presentation of research at MDFL Celebration of Cultures Series). Prerequisite: FREN 210. Intermediate French language students will enroll in FREN 297 and 211 concurrently; advanced students will enroll in FREN 397 and a 300-level course concurrently. The course is conducted in French.

Photos from 2008 & 2010

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