RWU Magazine - Fall 2013 / Issue #9 - page 15

Most famous as the burial site of Jim Morrison, the
209-year-old cemetery is also the resting place of
Gertrude Stein – an American feminist and open lesbian
in her time, who is said to have birthed the Modern Era,
according to D’Amore.
A cultural center in the ’20s, it was
here that the African American cabaret
performer Josephine Baker became
the pride of Paris at clubs like Bobino
on Rue de la Gaite. “As a subject,
it really opened doors to students’
understanding about race, because
race in the U.S. was such that a woman
like Baker would have been limited in
career and ambition – but in France
she was glorified.”
Pére Lachaise Cemetery
14th Arrondissement – Montparnasse
The second location of Sylvia Beach’s famed
Shakespeare and Company bookshop, the storefront
where James Joyce’s “Ulysses” was first published was
a Hemingway haunt. Beach would lend money to
Hemingway while he wrote “A Moveable Feast.”
2 Rue de l’Odéon
Musée d’Art Moderne
Of all places, it was the Museum of Modern
Art that created a connection between the
students trying to decipher what they were
viewing and the expats who were trying to
define new ideas for themselves. For instance,
D’Amore says, Stein’s reimagining of sexuality
compared to a Picasso painting of a body
where the parts aren’t quite in the right place.
“Imagining homosexuality in an era when
there was no such thing might’ve been very
similar – it’s a relationship, it’s sexuality, but
it’s not considered quite right.”
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