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Tuesday, March 5, 2024; 7:30 p.m.
Maura Coughlin, Ph.D., Department of Art + Design, Northeastern University
Ramshackle Housing and the Erasure of Nineteenth-Century Atlantic Fishing Communities
This talk looks closely at the modern dispossession of French shoreline maritime communities in visual representation. Over the course of the nineteenth century, former fishing villages on the French Atlantic shoreline were replaced by hotels, casinos, vacation homes, industrial ports and, most paradoxically, by beaches that seemingly offered the experience of “pristine nature.” The dual demands of tourism and modernization (often celebrated in Impressionist paintings) cleared the working class from the coast and cancelled much of its vibrant culture. This paper examines images of the shoreline for what they offer to picture lost ‘encultured landscapes’ that were inhabited and worked in specific, local and material ways before they became sites of tourism and summer homes.
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