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Mark Braude

Mark Braude is a cultural and urban historian of Modern Europe. His first book, Making Monte Carlo: A History of Spectacle and Speculation, will be published by Simon & Schuster in 2015. In 2013 he earned his PhD in Modern European History, along with a graduate certificate in Visual Studies, from the University of Southern California. He also holds a Masters in French Studies from New York University’s Institute of French Studies. Mark is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Humanities + Design at Stanford’s Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA), and will begin lecturing full-time in 2015, teaching courses on the modern history of Paris; cafés, culture, and crisis in late-nineteenth-century Europe; representations of the Great War; and the influence of cars and other advances in transportation technology in twentieth-century Europe.

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FRENCH 227 Paris: The Making of a Modern Icon (HISTORY 239E, URBANST 142)

Few places have been as heavily romanticized and mythologized as Paris. To many observers, Paris and its attractions serve as icons of modernity itself. By engaging with fiction, film, journalism, painting, photography, poetry, song, and other media, we¿ll trace how different people at different times have used Paris as both backdrop and main protagonist, and we'll consider how the city itself has incorporated and rebelled against such representations. The scope of our inquiry will stretch from the late 18th century to the present, covering a host of topics, figures, and sites: from the French Revolution to the protests of May '68, from Baudelaire to Hemingway, from the Impressionists to the Situationists. Taught in English