Americans in Paris
Listed in: English, as ENGL-95
Allen Guttmann (Section 01)
The story of American writers, artists, and musicians who lived and worked in Paris can be imagined as a drama in two acts. Act I, set in the 1920s, brings Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Gertrude Stein to center stage. Act II, set in the postwar years, belongs mainly to African American writers such as Richard Wright and James Baldwin. Although the spotlight is mainly on the writers, there are important roles for painters (Gerald Murphy), photographers (Man Ray), dancers (Josephine Baker), and musicians (Sidney Bechet). There is also a kind of epilogue in which the French present their view of the Americans in their midst. Foremost among the questions to be asked is this: how did their experience as “exiles abroad” alter and complicate these Americans’ sense of their national, racial, sexual, and professional identities? Two class meetings per week.
Open to juniors and seniors. Limited to 15 students. Spring semester. Professor Guttmann.
Offerings2015-16: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 20112015-16: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2010, Spring 20122015-16: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 20092015-16: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Spring 20102015-16: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 20092015-16: Offered in Spring 2016
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 20152015-16: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 2010