Author Archives: Lauren Elkin

Final exam review

Thank you all so much for coming to Julie’s talk the other night. I hope you found it illuminating, and we’ll integrate her observations and arguments into our discussion on Tuesday. As I mentioned, the final exam will be cumulative– … Continue reading

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Balzac’s House

By Kathleen Harvey Balzac lived in many houses but one of his only remaining ones is situated not far from our New York University Campus. While walking there I felt that it was necessary to imagine the neighborhood as it … Continue reading

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Rue Mouffetard

by Ellen Frankman Like crooked teeth, the cobblestones of Rue Mouffetard wedge themselves haphazardly against one another, struggling for space in the narrow passageway where overcrowding yields snaggles of rock and the occasional gap.  Over time the street has been … Continue reading

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La Haine

Camille White-Stern In Mathieu Kassovitz’s 1995 film La Haine, we follow three kids, Vinz, Hubert and Said, from the banlieu of Paris, but La Haine is about more than following the lives of three suburban kids for 24 hours. La … Continue reading

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A couple of reminders

Don’t forget this Thursday night we have an event– Julie Kleinman will be giving a talk entitled “Inclusion and Exclusion in Urban Public Space: Narratives From the Gare du Nord,” and this will greatly enhance our discussion of “La Haine” … Continue reading

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Just Like Tomorrow: Fate, a pile of shit

Jeff Jackson Doria, the female protagonist in Faïza Guène’s Just Like Tomorrow, is a first generation French-Moroccan living in an Arab immigrant compound called Paradise. Though her parents immigrated to France in hopes of financial and social improvement, and established … Continue reading

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revised reading schedule

So sorry to have missed class this morning. The medicine has kicked in and I’m up and about, though still a bit wobbly. Let’s push all of the readings forward by one session– so we’ll talk about Debord on Thursday … Continue reading

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