Paris through Literature, Painting, Cinema and Photography

IDIS 290/3.0

Students will explore Paris through the different perspectives offered by writers, filmmakers, painters, photographers and other artists who have played an important role in significant literary and artistic trends and movements. The course covers literature, painting and film starting at the end of the 19th century and extends to the present.

Note: Students who are registered in a French Plan and opt to take IDIS 290/3.0 must complete their assignments in the French Language.

Description

Students will explore Paris through the different perspectives offered by writers, filmmakers, painters, photographers and other artists who have played an important role in significant literary and artistic trends and movements. The course covers literature, painting and film starting at the end of the 19th century and extends to the present.

Evaluation

Students will be evaluated on written assignments both individually and in small groups as well as participation in the online forum.

Written assignments 25%

Participation 35%

Final project 40%

Topics

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Identify key writers, filmmakers and artists who have either lived in Paris or in whose work Paris has played a significant role;
  • Recognize Paris’ various neighbourhoods, key sites and cultural characteristics;
  • Describe the socio-historical and cultural reality of Paris before, during and after World War II;
  • Discuss several key literary, cinematic and artistic trends that emerged during these periods;c
  • Compare different literary, cinematic and artistic movements;
  • Explain how historical events influence and give rise to social, cultural and artistic change;
  • Analyze literary texts, films and artistic works in relation to a specific theme or issue.

Topics

  • A General Introduction to the City
  • Paris through different literary genres
  • Paris Through Cinema and Photography    
  • The “Moulin Rouge”: Painting, Music and Cinema
  • Occupied Paris 
  • Post-War Trends in Cinema (Literature and Painting)   

 

Instructor

I specialize in 20th century French Literature, Theory, Film and Painting. I have worked extensively on French writers Marguerite Yourcenar and Marguerite Duras. Much of my research has focused on literary and cinematic depictions of the past and, more specifically, on the limits of representation when dealing with historical trauma. I am currently working on a project on the German Occupation of Paris. I am also working on an interdisciplinary collaborative research project on aging and dying which involves researchers and practitioners in the Arts, Humanities and Medicine to explore new and complementary ways of approaching terminal illness and death. I have taught a number of on-line language courses and am working on developing a number of new courses on literature and film.

Time Commitment

To complete the readings, assignments, and course activities, students can expect to spend, on average, about 10-12 hours per week on the course.

Course Resources

About SOLUS

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About MOODLE

Moodle is Queen's online learning platform. You'll log into Moodle to access your course. All materials related to your course—notes, readings, videos, recordings, discussion forums, assignments, quizzes, groupwork, tutorials, and help—will be on the Moodle site.

About Credit Units

Queen’s courses are weighted in credit units. A typical one-term course is worth 3.0 units, and a typical two-term course is worth 6.0 units. You combine these units to create your degree. A general (three-year) BA requires a total of 90 credit units.

Computer Requirements

To take an online course, you’ll need a good-quality computer (Windows XP/Vista/7, Pentium III, or Mac OS X 10.5, G4 or G5 processor, 256 MB RAM) with a high-speed internet connection, soundcard, speakers, and microphone, and up-to-date versions of free software (Explorer/Firefox, Java, Flash, Adobe Reader). See also Preparing For Your Course.

Dates/Deadlines

The deadlines for new applications to Queen’s are 1 April (for May summer term), 1 June (for July summer term), 1 August (for fall term), and 1 December (for winter term). All documents must be received by the 15th of the month following the deadline. You can register for a course up to one week after the start of the course. See also Dates and Deadlines.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for 2014-15 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Canadian students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $605.31; for a 6.0-unit course, $1210.62. See also Tuition and Payment.

Grading Scheme

The information below is intended for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Academic Regulations in other Faculties may differ.

Letter Grade Grade Point
A+4.30
A4.00
A-3.70
B+3.30
B3.00
B-2.70
C+2.30
C2.00
C-1.70
D+1.30
D1.00
D-0.70
F0.00

GPA Calculators
Have your SOLUS grade report handy and then follow the link to the Arts and Science GPA calculators.

How does this affect my academics?
See the GPA and Academic Standing page.

Follow the link above for an explanation of how the GPA system affects such things as the Dean’s Honour List, requirements to graduate, and academic progression.

Frequently Asked Questions on the Grading Scheme
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Campus Bookstore

All textbooks can be purchased at Queen’s Campus Bookstore.

Non-Queen’s Students

All Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are open to students at other universities. Before applying as a visiting student, request a Letter of Permission from your home university that states that you have permission to take the course and apply it to your degree. See also Apply.

Academic Integrity

Please see Queen’s policy statement on academic integrity for information on how to complete an online course honestly.