Women Writers in 1920s Paris with Deborah Tyler-Bennett

Ref: C2346658

For International Women's Day this session poses a question - expatriate writers and artists in 1920s Paris have been a hot topic recently. Have you heard of Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso and F. Scott Fitzgerald? The answer to that question may well be a 'yes.' But, what about their female equivalents? Have you heard of Djuna Barnes, Mina Loy, or Margaret Anderson and Jane Heap? If your answer is 'no' or 'maybe' then you may enjoy finding out about the truly extraordinary women who were Hemingway and co.'s compatriots. From poets to editors, artists to salon owners, the women in modernist Paris formed part of the Tutor's Ph.D thesis and original research. So come along and learn about these women, the bohemia in which they moved, and the legacy they left behind.

Course aim

This session is based on women writers in Paris in the 1920s, some of whom may be familiar, others who may not. The Tutor's Ph.D thesis was on the American author Djuna Barnes, and much of the information in the session comes from original research.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers
  • All welcome and no prior knowledge assumed.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify key women writers and artists in modernist Paris.
  • Provide an outline of what movements and milieu the female bohemians belonged to.
  • List at least three women who made a difference to the way in which modernism was regarded.
  • Apply ideas we have on what is valued about women's contributions to history to the women discussed.
  • List three areas of Paris where bohemianism flourished and where our female protagonists lived and worked.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Paper and pen, and a notebook if you keep one. Anyone with knowledge to share, please feel free to add to the Tutor's presentation.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Women Writers in 1920s Paris with Deborah Tyler-Bennett

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