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  • Locations: Florence, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer VI
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Arrival Date Departure Date
Summer VI 2017 02/01/2018 02/20/2018 TBA TBA
Summer VI 2018 02/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission 07/17/2018 08/03/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Program Description:

PontiveccioWoman in Question: Early Feminism and 19th Century Transatlantic Literature

Dr. Elizabeth Petrino
FUA University, Florence, Italy

Summer 2018 - Session IV
July 17 - August 3, 2018

Field Learning excursions included to:
  • Casa Guidi
  • Piazza San Felice
  • Palazzo Vecchio
  • Galleria Uffiz
  • Vicenza
Woman in Question
This course will examine the issue properly known as the Woman Question through some of the major works of 19th-century literature. Because the philosophical and political debates concerning Woman's role preoccupied not only 19th-century America but also Victorian Britain, we will consider American and British discussions as part of a transatlantic conversation. Special focus will be given to Italy’s role in developing transatlantic literature, with readings in travel literature; journalism; and poetry, stories, and novels by American, British, and continental women writers that challenge gender norms and sexual identity.  Authors may include Brontë, Fuller, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Stowe, Fern, Jacobs, Christina Rossetti, Linton, Dickinson, Alcott, James, Ibsen, Harper, Gilman, Chopin, Freeman, and Wharton.
3 credits - Prerequisite: One 100 or 200 level English-Literature course

EmilyFaculty: Elizabeth Petrino, PhD - BA in English and American Literature from the State University of New York at Buffalo; MA and PhD in nineteenth century American literature from Cornell University.

Applications are open as of October 1, 2017 with a deadline/close date of February 1, 2018.

Program fee TBA will be due March 1, 2018.  For best airfare rates, Accepted students will need to Commit and pay the program fee by March 1st to be a part of the required group travel flight.

This program is available to all undergraduate and graduate students who are in good academic and social standing at their home institution.  A cumulative GPA of 2.8 is required.

Fairfield University, a Jesuit institution, is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, which accredits schools and colleges in the six New England states.
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