course title

Second Empire (slides)

Modernity and the City (slides)


Background Reading:
Popkin, Modern France, 125-150.

Recommended Reading for lectures:
Charles Baudelaire, "The Painter of Modern Life" (1863) sections I, III, IV, IX, X, XI on-line.

Walter Benjamin, "Paris, Capital of the Nineteenth Century," (1931) (on-line); this is a preliminary sketch of a much longer, still unfinished work, The Arcades Project (English trans. 1999).

NO discussion: mid-term exam in class

Further Reading:
Leora Auslander, Taste and Power: Furnishing Modern France (1996).

T.J. Clark, The Painting of Modern Life: Paris in the Art of Manet and his Followers (1985; 1999).

Jonathan Crary, Techniques of the Observer: Vision and Modernity in the Ninteenth Century (1990).

Michael Fried, Manet's Modernism: or, the Face of Painting in the 1860s (1996).

David P. Jordan, Transforming Paris: the Life and Labors of Baron Haussmann (1995).

Patrice Higonnet, Paris, Capital of the World (2002).


Michael Miller, The Bon Marché: Bourgeois Culture and the Department Store (1980). [see also the Bibliothèque Nationale's on-line exhibition about Au Bonheur des dames (The Ladies' Paradise), Zola's novel about a big Paris department store.]

Philip Nord, Paris Shopkeepers and the Politics of Resentment (1986).

Donald Reid, Paris Sewers and Sewermen: Reality and Representation (1991).

Jerrold Seigel, Bohemian Paris: Culture, Politics, and the Boundaries of Bourgeois Life, 1830-1930 (1980).

Rebecca Spang, The Invention of the Restaurant: Paris and Modern Gastronomic Culture (2000), especially chapters 5-8.




Napoleon III's photo albums


Fragments of the
Passagenwerk (small Benjamin-inspired website)

Paris Exhibitions
Photos from the 1889 Paris Exposition (Library of Congress)

Monet, Sunrise
Impressionism (Webmuseum)