HISTART 497 - Upper-Level Seminar
Section: 002 Fictions of Fashion
Term: WN 2019
Subject: History of Art (HISTART)
Department: LSA History of Art
Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
99
Advisory Prerequisites:
Previous coursework in the History of Art.
Repeatability:
May be elected three times for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:
Instructor:

With the emergence in nineteenth-century France of a large middle-class and the increasing availability of mass-produced merchandise from around the world, displayed in new commercial emporia such as the department store, fashion became a widespread statement of modern identities and behaviours for both men and women. This course will examine the uses of fashion as a theme and a means of signification in the literary and visual culture of Paris, the self-declared capital of la mode. We will consider the theorization of fashion as the quintessential emblem of modernity in this period and later, in the work of twentieth century theorists such as Walter Benjamin and Roland Barthes. The subject of fashion will be studied in texts by Balzac, Baudelaire, Barbey d’Aurevilly, Zola, and Mallarmé. The artists to be studied include Manet, Monet, Morisot, Winterhalter, Tissot and fashion illustrators such as Constantin Guys. Visits to local collections will take place over the course of the term.

Course Requirements:

One short paper and a research term paper.

Class Format:

This interdisciplinary course is team-taught between Romance Languages and Literatures and History of Art. Texts will be read in English translation but students are encouraged to read in the original French if possible. Class will be conducted in English but counts toward the French major. Graduate students enrolled in the course will have extra meetings and coursework.

HISTART 497 - Upper-Level Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
25841
Open
10
 
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (SEM)
P
31332
Open
10
 
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MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
003 (SEM)
P
32312
Open
8
 
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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ISBN: 9780199536900
The ladies' paradise, Author: Zola, E?mile, 1840-1902., Publisher: Oxford University Press 2008
Required
ISBN: 9782070409303
Au bonheur des dames : texte integral, Author: Zola, Emile, 1840-1902., Publisher: Gallimard 2017
Required
ISBN: 9780140443011
History of the thirteen, Author: Balzac, Honore? de, 1799-1850., Publisher: Penguin Books 1987
Required
ISBN: 9782070416448
Ferragus : chef des De?vorants, Author: Balzac, Honore? de, 1799-1850., Publisher: Gallimard 2011
Required
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