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DepositParis in Architecture, Literature, and Art

“Notre-Dame in Jean Fouquet’s Hours of Etienne Chevalier, ca. 1452-52” is a book excerpt of May Spangler’s “Paris in Architecture, Literature and Art,” recently published at Peter Lang. Designed for an interdisciplinary course in Cultural Studies, the book capitalizes on the little exposure liberal arts students have to architecture, and the widespread popularity of Paris across the curriculum. The student textbook (409 pages, 195 illustrations) presents an overview of Paris from the Middles Ages to present. The teacher manual e-book (753 pages, 77 illustrations and complimentary with the purchase of the textbook) provides detailed commentaries of all the documents presented in the student textbook. The book excerpt is followed by an abstract of all chapters. There will be a BOOK SIGNING for “Paris in Architecture, Literature and Art” at the Chicago MLA Convention. Please join May Spangler on Saturday January 5 at 11:30, at the Peter Lang Booth # 107 in the Exhibit Hall of the Hyatt Regency Chicago. For more information, visit emory.academia.edu/MaySpangler

DepositParis in Architecture, Literature, and Art

Paris in Architecture, Literature and Art is a student textbook and teacher manual 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 book is also suitable for a High School course or a study abroad program in Paris. It 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 thoughts and consummate material for an interdisciplinary study. The book presents an overview of Paris from the Middles Ages to present, each chapter focusing on an intellectual movement such as Gothic, classical, romantic, impressionist, cubist and modern. 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. The teacher manual provides detailed commentaries of all documents presented in the student textbook, with analysis that will be engaging to a scholar, but also accessible to instructors without a background in architecture, literature or art. The wide variety of pedagogical features gives flexibility for instructors to fit their specific areas of interest, as well as those of the target audience. Among those, preamble activities and timelines introduce chapters’ main idea, observation questions build critical reading and analyzing skills, interactive activities foster cooperative learning, and projects lead to oral and short film presentations.