Paris Through the Pages is the culminating project for an advanced level undergraduate French course that explores the images of Paris in literary works from the 17th to 20th centuries. As an open source book, it is intended to be re-used, revised, and repurposed by undergraduate students and academics in French studies. The students who participated in this project spent a semester reading works by French authors from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, integrating them within their historical and cultural contexts. Given that the majority of the semester was spent introducing students to these authors and works, the students could only spend the final few weeks refining their research on a particular author and creating a chapter in groups that represented the literary images of Paris from a particular era. Although the students wrote and revised several versions of their individual articles, they have established a foundation of research for other classes and students to explore, expand, and revise themselves. The hope is to create a book that other French classes—at Muhlenberg and elsewhere—can build from and expand the thematic approach and literary perspectives.
Paris à travers les pages by French 427 Muhlenberg College is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.