LITS 3015

Professor: Peter Benson


Course description:

Since the XVIII century American writers have been as attracted to Italy as their British contemporaries were when they embarked upon their grand tour. The course will look at writers who spent time in Northern Italy mostly and at what they wrote about the country. The course includes texts (full or excerpts) by Hawthorne, Mark Twain, Wharton, James, Hemingway, Dos Passos, Ezra Pound, Tennessee Williams, and Sinclair Lewis. (LLWP “national literature” and/or “topics” elective).

For the first week Italian students will watch the movies and just participate in the excursions if they cannot join the rest of the class in Alassio.
Each text has to be read by the day stated on the syllabus

Ann Beattie, “In Amalfi”
John Dos Passos, Travel Books And Other Writings 1916-1941 (New York: Library of America, 2003) “A City That Died of Heart Failure”
E.M. Forster, A Room With a View (excerpts)
Nathaniel Hawthorne, “Rappacinni’s Daughter,” from The Marble Faun
Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms; short stories
William Dean Howells, Biographical and other materials
Henry James, Daisy Miller
Ezra Pound, from The Pisan Cantos
George Santayana, Biographical and other materials
Mark Twain, from The Innocents Abroad
Edith Wharton, from The House of Mirth (excerpts)
Tennessee Williams, The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone

Course Requirements:
-25% participation                           
-50% three essays, one response paper
-25% final exam