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DS begins her doctorate in 1936
Image Doria Shafik: courtesy of Rare Books & Special Collections Library, AUC
VI. Return to the City of Light
Armed with a new scholarship, Doria returned to Paris in 1936 to undertake a Doctorat d’etat in philosophy. Focusing on her studies and further developing her ideas and views on life were Doria’s priorities. The France of the 1930’s was a heady place to be; a city brimming with new ideas, art, culture, and literature. Paris was a melting pot of young American writers such as Gertrude Stein and it was home to Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque and other avant-garde artists. From the east came ideas emanating from Soviet Russia. Homegrown poets and writers were also having an impact with their surrealist movement; names like André Breton, Paul Eluard were on everyone’s lips. Doria was maturing intellectually in a place and time of major cultural change.