Performing Gender: Paris in the Roaring Twenties

Schools of Public Engagement: Humanities

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Performing Gender

Spring 2021

Taught By: Margaret Boe Birns

Section: A

CRN: 8399

Credits: 3

The Jazz Age in Paris was, in the words of Maurice Sachs, "the decade of illusion." It was the era of dancings, le bal negre, Mistinguett, the Charleston, Josephine Baker, and jazz; it was the era of Cocteau, Picasso, Man Ray, Kiki, and the Russian ballet; it was the era of Paul Poiret, Coco Chanel, and the flapper. This course provides a cultural overview of Paris in the Roaring Twenties, with a focus on the representation of women on stage and in literary texts. Our study includes surrealist art and literature, avant-garde film, performance art, jazz music, and cultural criticism. We examine a number of paradigms that arise in the literature of the period: the New Woman, the female phantom, the machine woman, the Black Venus. We pay close attention to both primary sources and cultural reception. Slides of art and lithographs of the period are shown. Readings include Hemingway's A Moveable Feast, Colette's Cheri, Breton's Nadja, Djuna Barnes' Nightwood, and Langston Hughes' poetry. There is a creative role-playing component to the course.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Humanities (NHUM)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 21

Add/Drop Deadline: February 8, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 13, 2021 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 12:55am 7/1/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 1/19/2021 - 5/10/2021