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Yale Summer Session in Paris: Belle Époque France

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Program Information


Paris, France




Saturday, May 23, 2020 to Saturday, June 27, 2020



Area of Focus

Arts & Humanities

Distributional Requirements

Fulfills Hu distributional requirement


Study Center

Course Number



2 Yale credits


R. Howard Bloch 




A study of important works of literature, painting, sculpture, architecture, music, and the decorative arts in turn-of-the-century France (1870-1914). This course will acquaint students with the principal literary and artistic forms, social trends, political movements, scientific theories, and technological innovations of the Belle Époque, with visits to museums, architectural monuments, theatre, and art nouveau cafés in Paris. Principle authors: Zola, Gide, Proust, Apollinaire, Huysmans, Maupassant, Mallarmé, Colette, Alain-Fournier, Barbey d’Aurevilly, Jarry, and Feydeau. Participants choose to receive credit in either FREN, HUMS, or LITR at the time of application.

The class will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. and students should expect about 12 hours of work outside the classroom each week, as well as excursions and other program activities.

The syllabus below is from a previous summer and contains dates that differ from those of the upcoming summer.


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Summer 2020 Budget

Trips and Activities

The program will visit the Orsay Museum and its collection of Impressionist paintings, the Gustave Moreau atelier and museum, the Rodin Museum, the Camondo Museum (a grand bourgeois home of the Belle Époque), Monet’s gardens and house at Giverny, and the Maxim’s collection of decorative objects from the period. Students explore by foot Fin-de-Siècle architectural monuments in Paris, eat in authentic period cafés and bistrots, and attend the performance of a farce or melodrama from late nineteenth-century France.


Students will live in an international dorm at St. John's University - Paris Campus, in double-occupancy rooms. A continental breakfast is included daily at St. John's; students will be on their own for lunch and dinner each day. A student cafeteria with discount prices is located only two metro stops from the dorm.


Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and are expected to arrive in Paris on the first day of the program, and depart no earlier than the last day of the program (see 'Dates' above); additional information will be provided upon admission.


For course content questions contact instructor, R. Howard Bloch.  For general program questions contact the Study Abroad staff.

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