FREN 4485 Consumption & Self (Spring: 3 )
The French are among the worlds most discerning consumers of the finer things in life: food, wine, fashion, etc. In this course we will examine the cultural history of French consumptive practices to better understand their role in shaping modern French culture. We will discuss the pleasures and problems of consumption in the literature, press, and visual art of the 19th century, when France developed into a capitalist democracy with Paris as its economic and cultural hub. Works by Balzac, Baudelaire, Flaubert, Sand, Zola, et al. We will also take museum excursions to study works by, Degas, Manet, Renoir, etc.
Instructor(s): Lauren Ravalico
Last Updated: 21-Feb-14