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FR323 Module Outline

Autumn Term: the Nineteenth Century

  1. (No class.)
  2. Introduction: what is modernity?
  3. Socio-economic modernization in the nineteenth-century.
  4. The Revolutions of 1830 and 1848.   
  5. Transformations in the Second Empire: Louis-Napoléon and Haussmann.
  6. Reading week.
  7. The 1871 Paris Commune.
  8. The Building of the Basilica of Sacré-Cœur
  9. Baudelaire’s Paris, Zola’s Paris.
  10. The Expositions universelles of 1889 and 1900

Spring Term: the Twentieth Century

  1. The twentieth century and modernity.  
  2. Le Corbusier and modern architecture.
  3. Occupation and Resistance: 1940-1944.
  4. The rise of labour: the PCF and the banlieue rouge.
  5. Intellectuals and intellectual life.
  6. Reading week
  7. May 1968: a ‘late-modern’ revolution?
  8. Mitterrand and the Grands travaux.
  9. Immigration, deprivation and unrest.  
  10. Photographing Paris.

Summer Term

  1. Postmodern Paris?
  2. Conclusions a.
  3. Conclusions b.