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Paris, Capital of the 19th Century

Here is the link to the short film realized by Benjamin Bardou:

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Boulevard du Temple

This is the photograph I had in mind this morning, taken in 1838/1839 by Louis Daguerre. It shows Boulevard du Temple, a very busy street, but because of a 10-minute exposure time, only the man polishing shoes and his client … Continue reading

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Paris: Capital of the 19th Century Hi guys, here is a link I found pertaining to the video we watched in class. Paris: Capital of the 19th Century  

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Comments on readings

Comments on Walter benjamin; Paris capitale du XIXe siècle. Comments on form: As he notices the apparition of a panoramic literature, contemporary to the panorama itself, Benjamin takes us in a photographic essay on Paris.Benjamin uses the opening quotes with … Continue reading

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The modern city

The city became synonymous with modernity at the turning point of the twentieth century.  In “The Metropolis and Mental Life,” Georg Simmel examines the psychology of the modern city and its effects on city dwellers. Simmel argues that individualism is … Continue reading

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Simmel and Benjamin

Modern metropolis is homogenous with conveniences for all states Simmel, as impersonal cultural elements and goods consume us that the personality can, so to speak, scarcely maintain itself in the fact of it. Everyone is subjected to the sameness. Individualization … Continue reading

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The metropolis and the experience of modernity I

Please post your comments to the two readings (Benjamin and Simmel) here by the morning of the 20th.

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