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Art, Literature, and the Avant-Garde in the City of Light

Paris, France

Term Offered: 
Robert Delaunay, Orphist-style colorful painting of Eiffel Tour, 1926
Approximate Dates of Instruction: 
October 4, 2020 to December 5, 2020

When Baron Haussmann reconstructed Paris into the “City of Light” (1852-1870), he produced an urban space that came to represent the Western world's break with tradition and the emergence of modernity. Modernism, the characteristic style of cutting-edge art and literature in the first half of the 20th century, was born there, which is why avant-garde artists and writers from all over the world would flock to Paris until the beginning of WWII. CHID Paris offers students a unique opportunity to study the emergence of modernity within its original cultural, architectural and historical context. Taken together, the three courses offered by the program trace the interrelationships between Paris and the development of new representational forms such as photography and film, and the impact of modernity on arts such as painting, the novel, poetry and the theater.

  • CHID 471A / C LIT 320 / ENGL 385 / EURO 490 / FRENCH 390: Surrealist Paris
  • CHID 471B: The Art of Observation
  • CHID 471C / C LIT 395 / ENGL 336 / EURO 496: Anglo-American Expatriate Writers in Paris
Fulfills Requirements: 
CHID Cultural and Historical Engagement
CHID Ideas in the World
I&S Credit
VLPA Credit
Total Program Fees: 

*Note that the fees stated above do not include some additional costs, including, but not limited to: airfare, Study Abroad Insurance ($1.64/day), and personal spending money. Remember that these costs will differ by program. Be sure to read our Fees, Financing, and Withdrawal information for details about the fee structure and payment schedule.