Loyola University Chicago

John Felice Rome Center

ENGL 273 Exploring Fiction: American Authors in Rome

Summer 2016 - Session I

EGL 273 Exploring Fiction

Summer 2016 – Session I

“American Authors in Rome”

 

Professor Elisabeth Bayley

John Felice Rome Center (JFRC):  Summer Session One 2016

May 23-June 23

Tuesdays and Thursdays: 2:00-5:20 p.m.

 

In this EGL 273 course we will be using Rome as the classroom! We will delve into the exciting perspectives and experiences of American authors such as Edith Wharton, Mark Twain, and Henry James, to name a few, who like you, have traveled the streets of Rome. Through their fictional and autobiographical works, Rome comes alive to the reader, as their work serves as a tool for exploration and a compass toward understanding such a vivid and important city and culture.

 

NOTE:  We will be going on field trips, which may mean extra costs. We will be using public transportation so make sure to buy plenty of bus/subway cards.

 

TEXTS:

 

  • The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone by Tennessee Williams
  • PDF readings available on Sakai, under the ‘Resources’ tab: ALL OF THESE READINGS MUST BE PRINTED OUT AND WITH YOU ON THE DAYS THAT THEY ARE ASSIGNED!
    • “Roman Fever” by Edith Wharton
    • Sections from Italian Villas and Their Gardens by Edith Wharton
    • Sections from Italian Backgrounds by Edith Wharton
    • Sections from A Cynic Abroad by Mark Twain
    • “The Coliseum” by Edgar Allan Poe
    • Sections from Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells
    • Sections from The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone
    • The Last of the Valerii and excerpts from “Italian Hours” by Henry James

 

Course Outline:

 

May 24: On-campus: Introduction to course

            Readings by Edith Wharton

 

May 26: Field trip to Capitoline Museum, Il Tempio dei Dioscuri, and Colosseum (will read Wharton, Poe, and Howells) Field trip reflection paper due

 

May 31: On campus: The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone by Tennessee Williams

 

June 2: Field trip: Spanish Steps (readings of Williams and Howells) Field trip reflection paper due

 

June 7: On campus: Readings by Twain

 

June 9: Field Trip: St. Peter’s Basilica  (will read excerpts by Twain and Howells) Sistine Chapel (excerpt from The Agony and the Ecstasy by Stone) Field trip reflection paper due

 

June 14: On Campus: In class readings

 

June 16: Field Trip: Field trip: Capuchin Convent (will read excerpts by Twain and Howells) Field trip reflection paper due

 

June 21: On campus: On campus: The Last of the Valerii and excerpts from “Italian Hours” by Henry James

 

June 23: Last day of class: Field trip to the Parthenon Final paper due

 

Major Course Assignments:

 

  • Four field trip reflection papers 15 points each, to be written while on the field trip
  • One final five-page paper worth 20 points, to be handed in during the final class period
  • Participation and attendance worth 20 points

 

Course Expectations:

  • Never miss a class.  Never.  I mean it.
  • Always be on time, especially for on-site classes.  I wait for no one.
  • Be courteous to one another and respectful of the places we visit.
  • Make sure you have all assigned readings with you during each class period, along with a writing utensil and paper for notes and to write reflection papers on

 

Please note that the syllabus may change as we proceed through the course and any change will be announced on Sakai and in class.