There is something about Paris that draws people. It is the most visited city in the world. Its landmarks are among the most recognizable on the planet. Artists and intellectuals have flocked to Paris for generations.
What is it about Paris that people find so compelling? Has it always been this way? What clues to a multilayered past can we read in the skin of the modern city? What can we learn about this past from artists and writers who have imagined the city over the years? These are some of the central questions that will guide us in this course on 19th and 20th century Paris.