Tuesday, August 30, 2005

A Class

I have been thinking about taking an alumni course this fall in the University of Chicago's Basic Program. All of the courses, as usual, seem interesting. The one that has caught my attention most is Literary Cityscapes: Paris from La Vie Romantique to the Decadence. Here is the course description:

During the Romantic which arose in response to the philosophy of the enlightenment, Paris took its place firmly as a cultural and intellectual center of the Western world. We will read the literature of the time and study the social and historical developments that changed the public mood of optimism prevalent at the beginning of the century into the disenchantment of the Decadence. We will also study aspects of art, culture, and music of the time. Our readings will include George Sand, Indiana, Balzac, Cousin Betté, Flaubert, Sentimental Education, Zola, Nana, de Maupessant, Bel Ami, and the poetry of Baudelaire, Mallarme, Rimbaud, and Verlaine.

I can't resist.


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