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Art, Literature, and Contemporary European Thought

Northwestern University, Université de Paris Sorbonne Nouvelle

This newly redesigned program combines art, literature, and philosophy so as to understand and critique Western modernity, all in the home of some of the world’s most influential artists and thinkers: Paris. Students immerse themselves in Paris’s extraordinary repository of visual art through visits to museums, such as the Musée National d’Art Moderne, the Centre d’Art Contemporain, and the Musée d’Orsay. Students travel to to the city of Arles to walk in the footsteps of Vincent van Gogh. They also visit the seaside city of Nice to view the collections and inspirations of Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse, and other important visual artists. Students will read the literary works of influential novelists and playwrights such as Breton, Camus, Jarry, and Kafka, and engage in lively discourse about art, literature, and politics through the perspectives of contemporary European philosophers, including Heidegger, Adorno, Foucault, Baudrillard, and others. Students interrogate modern life – lived modernity – through the lens of European phenomenology, existentialism, and critical theory. Coursework is in English, but students also take intensive French language classes.

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Michael Loriaux, Professor of Political Science
Karey Fuhs, Associate Director, International Program Development

Northwestern University, Université de Paris Sorbonne Nouvelle
International Program Development
Northwestern University
Evanston, Illinois
United States
847 491 2632

North America
Western Europe

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