Guest Lecture: Vanessa Schwartz “The Belle Epoque that Never Ended: The Can-Can and Other Cliches of fin-de-siecle Paris”

Part o fthe Speaker Series: Metropolitan Consumers: Lectures on 19th Century Cites and Commercial Cultures 

sponsored by Green College and 19th Century Studies, UBC

Professor Schwartz is an historian of modern visual culture, whose research and writing in the past decade has concentrated on the emergence of film in the crucible of the urban culture of late nineteenth century Paris. Her interests reach across fields into art history, urban studies, and cinema studies. She is the author of Spectacular Realities: Early Mass Culture in fin-de-siècle Paris (Berkeley, 1998), and her new  book, “It’s So French!” Hollywood, Paris and the Making of Post-war Cosmopolitan Film (Chicago, forthcoming 2007) examines post-war French-American political relations through the film industry.