Paris’ Moveable Feast: Artists and Writers from 1830 to 1920


June 29, 2015
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“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.” – Ernest Hemingway.

In her upcoming class, “A Moveable Feast: A Century of Writers and Artists in Paris”, Professor Anna Tahinci takes us on a tour of Paris between the 1830s through the 1920s and the the artists and writers who flourished. We caught her before she left for her summer trip to Paris.

WIH Reporter: What is important to know about your upcoming class about a century of writers and artists in Paris?

Tahinci: No city has attracted so much literary and artistic talent or produced such a wealth of enduring artistic legacy as Paris. My upcoming class about a century of writers and artists in Paris (from the 1830′s until the Roaring 1920′s) offers a unique opportunity to taste and celebrate great moments in a century of European Art and culture, and enjoy an interlude in a historic Paris that has become a “moveable feast”, a cultural landscape of the mind, to quote Ernest Hemingway.

WIH Reporter: What would surprise us to know about your class?

Tahinci: I first thought about teaching such a class when I watched Woody Allen’s movie “Midnight in Paris”. I got fascinated by the fantasy of traveling back in time and in space to explore how French and expatriate artists got inspired by the City of Lights and I wanted to offer my students at the Women’s Institute an opportunity for weekly virtual journeys and explorations.

WIH Reporter: WIH Reporter: What mistaken impressions might we have about the subject of your class?

Tahinci: This is not only an interdisciplinary class, combining Art History and Comparative Literature, but also an opportunity for virtual visits in time and in space. We will be conducting both visual and verbal analysis and will study a broad selection of artworks produced both by native Parisians, as well as expatriates. WIH Reporter: What format do you plan to use in the class? Tahinci: My class will be mostly lecture based with some discussion. For each lecture I project a richly illustrated Powerpoint presentation and I provide my students with a highly detailed handout with all the major points of the lecture, as well as suggestions for future readings. In this way, the journey continues until the next lecture.

Dr. Tahinci’s 8-week class, “A Moveable Feast: A Century Of Writers And Artists In Paris” starts on 9/14/15 at 10 am. For more information and/or to register, click here.