Paris through Literature, Painting, Cinema and Photography | Arts and Science ONLINE

Paris through Literature, Painting, Cinema & Photography

Eiffel Tower at sunset
FRST 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 must register in FREN 392/3.0 and complete their assignments in the French language. 

Please note: This course is typically offered in the fall term 

Learning Outcomes


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

  1. Identify key writers, filmmakers and artists who have either lived in Paris or in whose work Paris has played a significant role; 

  1. Recognize Paris’ various neighbourhoods, key sites and cultural characteristics; 

  1. Describe the socio-historical and cultural reality of Paris before, during and after World War II; 

  1. Discuss several key literary, cinematic and artistic trends that emerged during these periods;

  1. Compare different literary, cinematic and artistic movements; 

  1. Explain how historical events influence and give rise to social, cultural and artistic change; 

  1. Analyze literary texts, films and artistic works in relation to a specific theme or issue. 


  • 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)    


Students will explore Paris through the diverse, creative, and anecdotal perspectives offered by writers, filmmakers, painters, photographers, and other artists. Such figures have played important roles in significant literary and artistic trends and movements, and have portrayed Paris in a variety of perspectives. 


Course Resources


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Computer Requirements

To take an online course, you’ll need a high speed internet connection as well as a microphone and speakers to be able to watch videos, hear sounds, and participate in interactive online activities. A webcam is recommended but not necessary.

System Requirements:

Computer Specifications

  • Windows 8.1 or newer
  • OSX 10.13 (High Sierra) or newer
  • Dual Core 2 GHz processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Soundcard
  • USB Headset
  • Webcam

Supported Browsers

  • Chrome (preferred - latest version)
  • Firefox (latest version)
  • Safari is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ
  • Edge is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ

Internet Connection

  • Wired high speed access: Cable or better
  • Wifi is not recommended


  • Latest version

Media Player

  • Flash (latest version)

Adobe Reader

  • Latest Version


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Grading Scheme

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

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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for Summer Term 2018 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Domestic students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $685.90; for a 6.0-unit course, $1371.80 See also Tuition and Fees.

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Non-Queen’s Students

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