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Paris in Architecture, Literature, and Art

May Spangler

Paris in Architecture, Literature, and Art is a textbook in cultural studies that capitalizes on the little exposure liberal arts students have to architecture and the widespread popularity of Paris across the curriculum. Designed for a college course in the humanities, the textbook is also suitable for a high school course or a study abroad program in Paris.

The book focuses on Paris, which throughout history has been the stage and experimental ground for artists and intellectuals from all over the world, making it the crucible of Western thought and consummate material for an interdisciplinary study. Each chapter presents a cultural movement such as the Gothic, classical, romantic, and modern that are predominant in the Parisian landscape. The interdisciplinary approach promotes critical thinking, inspiring students to identify and translate esthetic concepts from one discipline to another, and explore, for instance, what impressionist literature or cubist architecture might be.

A complimentary teacher's manual e-book is available with purchase.

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Supplementary Materials

  • Teacher's Manual (PDF)