About the Class
Paris is a city-world. In this short course, we will use a variety of media—paintings, street art, film, literature, music, social networks—to question the city’s identity. What lies beyond the “City of Light” postcard? Who are Parisians, once cultural stereotypes have been deconstructed? Is Paris turning into a generic place, with artists and the working class being displaced by gentrification and globalization? Can the city reinvent itself along with its margins, thus reversing centuries of urban discrimination?
Suaudeau is a French-American novelist whose books focus on contemporary France seen through the lens of post-colonialism. As a filmmaker, he has directed short films and documentaries. Suaudeau supervises the non-intensive French language sequence at Bryn Mawr College, where he also teaches French film and creative writing.