CAS 499 | Summer 2007 | Rome |
Professors Thomas W. Benson and Stephen H. Browne

International Study -

The Rhetoric of Travel - American and British Writers in Italy from the Nineteenth Century to the Present




Students will read the required texts and read beyond those texts at their own direction and in consultation with Professors Benson and Browne. We will meet for discussion of these texts and will visit some of the sites in Rome and throughout Italy that are mentioned in the texts. Students will keep a daily travel journal that will become the basis for an expanded journal that will constitute the final paper for the course.

Because we will be taking several field trips, the precise dates of some of the assigned readings may change as plans develop.

A detailed schedule will be provided before we leave for Rome, though the schedule may change to adapt to circumstances during the summer.

links -

ANGEL |Rome and the Invention of Tourism, Professor Sarah Benson, Princeton University | LIAS | e-mail Professor Benson | Professor Benson home page | Penn State Library Rome links for architecture |




required texts - buy these before leaving for Rome and bring them with you; a few other required readings will be available on ANGEL - those you will print out before departure and bring along as well.

Nathaniel Hawthorne,
The Marble Faun.
Penguin Classics.
ISBN: 0140390774

Henry James,
Daisy Miller.
Penguin Classics.
ISBN: 0140432620

Italy in Mind,
ed. Alice Leccese Powers.
ISBN: 0679770232

Tim Parks,
Italian Neighbors.
Grove Press.
ISBN: 0802140343

Eyewitness Travel Guides.
DK Publishers.
ISBN: 075661550X

Tim Parks,
Juggling the Stars.
ISBN: 1559705515

Rome: popout map
Rand McNally



week 1


Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Marble Faun

Four individuals, in whose fortunes we should be glad to interest the reader, happened to be standing in one of the saloons of the sculpture-gallery, in the Capitol, at Rome. It was that room (the first, after ascending the staircase) in the center of which reclines the noble and most pathetic figure of the Dying Gladiator, just sinking into his death-swoon. . . .

From one of the windows of this saloon, we may see a flight of broad stone steps, descending alongside the antique and massive foundation of the Capitol, towards the battered triumphal arch of Septimius Severus, right below. Farther on, the eye skirts along the edge of the desolate Forum, (where Roman washerwomen hang out their linen to the sun,) passing over a shapeless confusion of modern edifices, piled rudely up with ancient brick and stone, and over the domes of Christian churches, built on the old pavements of heathen temples, and supported by the very pillars that once upheld them. At a distance beyond--yet but a little way, considering how much history is heaped into the intervening space--rises the great sweep of the Coliseum, with the blue sky brightening through its upper tier of arches. Far off, the view is shut in by the Alban mountains, looking just the same, amid all this decay and change, as when Romulus gazed thitherward over his half-finished wall.


week 2
Henry James, Daisy Miller

She had been walking some quarter of an hour, attended by her two cavaliers, and responding in a tone of very childish gaiety, as it seemed to Winterbourne, to the pretty speeches of Mr Giovanelli, when a carriage . . . drew up beside the path. At the same moment Winterbourne perceived that his friend Mrs Walker -- the lady whose house he had lately left -- was seated in the vehicle and was beckoning to him. Leaving Miss Miller's side, he hastened to obey her summons. Mrs Walker was flushed; she wore an excited air. "It is really too dreadful," she said. "That girl must not do this sort of thing. She must not walk here with you two men. Fifty people have noticed her." (90)

[for the rest of the schedule, please see the course schedule on the ANGEL site for this program]