Gender in the City


How did gender operate in nineteenth-centruy Parisian society? How did common conceptions about gender shape the way that individuals navigated public and private spaces? How did these ideas influence the way people saw themselves and others? How did notions of gender permeate various forms of discourse and modes of cultural production? This course addresses those questions by exploring many facets of nineteenth-century Paris through the lens of gender. Using an interdisciplinary approach, we will examine a range of source materials including cultural objects such as literature, paintings, photographs, and films, as well as critical and historical writings. By looking across different types of media, we will study how gender is represented within specific cultural spheres, and also establish a broader overview of common themes and tropes that unite them.

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