Topics in Modern France: La Comédie Humaine: Social Identities in Nineteenth Century France
A study of the discourses, media, practices, and spatial configurations through which social identities were constructed in 19th century France. What fears and fantasies about modernity were expressed through social types like the bourgeois, the artist, the courtesan, or the peasant? How do social types help and hinder us in making sense of a rapidly changing world? Readings of literary and non-literary texts. Extensive use of accompanying AMAM exhibition of French 19th century prints.