ONLINE CLASS: Americans in Paris: A Literary Journey to the City of Light (2143)

Four Fridays: April 2, 9, 16, 23, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. EST 

$120.00 (10% off for members)

This literary exploration will cover selections from Americans in Paris, an anthology of works by American writers from the late 18th to the mid-20th century, edited by Adam Gopnik.

This peek into more than 200 years of American writing reveals Paris as source of inspiration, education, aggravation, and endless fascination, while providing glimpses into the lives of a rich variety of American writers, both famous and relatively unknown. In addition to the sheer pleasure of reading and discussing good writing, this class will offer insight into French and American history and culture, as well as the nature of the fundamental and historic relationship between France and the U.S. Four Fridays: April 2, 9, 16, 23, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. EST Online Class.

Reading Schedule: 

April 2: Introduction by Adam Gopnik. Selections by B. Franklin, Th. Jefferson, G. Morris, Th. Paine, G. Ticknor, HW Longfellow, RW Emerson, N. Willis

April 9: Selections by M. Fuller, HB Stowe, M. Twain, E. Washburne, I. Duncan, JW Johnson, T. Dreiser, E. Wharton (pgs 221-225), J. Thurber

April 16: Selections by E. Hemingway, S. Anderson, L. Hughes, Wm. Faulkner, Hart Crane, AM LIndbergh, H. Miller, J. Dos Passos

April 23: Selections by G. Stein, S. Beach, J. Flanner, P. Zweig, V. Thomson, J. Baldwin, J. Kerouac, MFK Fisher

NOTE: Historian David McCullough's The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris (9781416571773), which covers the period 1830-1900, would make great additional reading for those who have the time or inclination (or could be just a helpful reference book to have by your side), but it is not required, and will not be discussed (except perhaps tangentially) in the class.

Required Text:

Americans in Paris, edited by Adam Gopnik (9781931082563)


The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris, by David McCullough (9781416571773)

Janet Hulstrand is a writer, editor, writing coach, and teacher who lives in Essoyes, a village in southern Champagne, on the border of Burgundy. She writes frequently for Bonjour Paris, France Today, and France Revisited, as well as for her blog, Writing from the Heart, Reading for the Road. She has taught Paris: A Literary Adventure for the City University of New York since 1997, and literature and culture classes at Politics and Prose since 2011. Janet’s unique perspective, developed over more than 40 years of living, working, traveling, and teaching in France, as well as her expertise as a writer/editor, will enrich our discussions. She is the author of Demystifying the French: How to Love Them, and Make Them Love You, and is currently working on her memoir, A Long Way from Iowa.

REFUND POLICY: Please note that we can issue class refunds up until seven (7) days before the first class session.

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Americans in Paris: A Literary Anthology: A Library of America Special Publication Cover Image
ISBN: 9781931082563
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Published: Library of America - March 30th, 2004

The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris Cover Image
ISBN: 9781416571773
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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 15th, 2012