Once the midterm is behind us, you’ll probably want to start thinking about what book (or film) you’d like to write about for your final project.
The assignment is to choose a text or film that was not included in the course readings and analyze the ways in which it deals with representations of the city and movement within the city. If you wish, you may compare your chosen text or film to one which we’ve read in class. A research proposal of 1-2 pages will be due Friday November 19th, by 5 pm sharp. The final paper, 8-10 pages long, will be due on the last day of class (Dec 16th).
Each of you will need to see me during my office hours to discuss your project.
Here’s a list of texts you might want to write on, to get your creative juices flowing:
Gertrude Stein, Paris France OR The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas
Djuna Barnes, Nightwood
Henry Miller, Tropic of Cancer
The post-1968 flaneur: the psychogeographer
Oulipo (particularly Perec’s Life: A User’s Guide)
“Zazie dans le Métro”
Rhys’s other Paris novels: Quartet, After Leaving Mr Mackenzie
Victor Hugo, Notre Dame de Paris
Anna Gavalda, Ensemble c’est tout or Je veux que quelqu’un m’attende quelque part
F. Scott Fizgerald, “Babylon Revisited” or “The Last Time I Saw Paris”
Anything from Zola’s Rougon-Macquart series
Anything from Balzac’s Comédie Humaine
Mavis Gallant, Paris Stories
George Orwell, Down and Out in Paris and London
Henry James, The Ambassadors
Any of Georges Simenon’s mysteries
Elaine Dundy, The Dud Avocado