"An academic query -- French and/or Caribbean photograph"
As some of you already know, I teach French and Spanish at a small liberal arts college. Currently I am beginning to work up a couple of new Cultural Studies courses for our Modern Languages Department, and thought I would try to profit from the collected wisdom of the discussion group members.
At this point, I have a couple of ideas and would be very interested in (and grateful for) comments:
1) Paris in text and images. We would read some literary treatments of the city, see some films, and study some photography. The photographers that quickly come to mind are folks like Atget, Doisneau, and Cartier-Bresson, but I'm curious who you would put on your "must-see" list of photographers of Paris.
2) The Caribbean in text and images. A similar sort of course, mostly examining the similarities and/or differences between how outsiders have viewed the Caribbean and how Caribbean writers/filmmakers/photographers have portrayed it. I must admit to being at a loss as to the most canonical Caribbean photographers, although it's quite easy to come up with a long list of photographers who have given their take on the islands.
Thanks, in advance, for any comments, suggestions, or recommendations. If anyone would prefer to contact me off-list, my e-mail address is: email@example.com. If I receive a number of replies, then I'll compile a list/bibliography to share on the list.