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Featuring essays by twelve prominent American literature scholars, Roman Holidays explores the tradition of American travel to Italy and makes a significant contribution to the understanding of nineteenth-century American encounters with Italian culture and, more specifically, with Rome.

The increase in American travel to Italy during the nineteenth century was partly a product of improved conditions of travel. As suggested in the title, Italy served nineteenth-century writers and artists as a kind of laboratory site for encountering Others and “other” kinds of experience. No doubt Italy offered a place of holiday—a momentary escape from the familiar—but the journey to Rome, a place urging upon the visitor a new and more complex sense of history, also forced a reexamination of oneself and one's identity. Writers and artists found their religious, political, and sexual assumptions challenged.

Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Marble Faun has a prominent place in this collection: as Henry James commented in his study of Hawthorne, the book was “part of the intellectual equipment of the Anglo-Saxon visitor to Rome.” The essayists also examine works by James, Fuller, Melville, Douglass, Howells, and other writers as well as such sculptors as Hiram Powers, William Wetmore Story, and Harriet Hosmer.

Bringing contemporary concerns about gender, race, and class to bear upon nineteenth-century texts, Roman Holidays is an especially timely contribution to nineteenth-century American studies.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. Where is Hawthorne's Rome?: The Marble Faun and the Cultural Space of Middle-Class Leisure
  2. pp. 9-27
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  1. "An Awful Freedom": Hawthorne and the Anxieties of the Carnival
  2. pp. 28-40
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  1. Fauns and Mohicans: Narratives of Extinction and Hawthorne's Aesthetic of Modernity
  2. pp. 41-59
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  1. The Purloined Studio: The Woman Sculptoras Phallic Ghost in Hawthorne's The Marble Faun
  2. pp. 60-72
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  1. Falling into Heterosexuality: Sculpting Male Bodies in The Marble Faun and Roderick Hudson
  2. pp. 107-139
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  1. Roman Springs and Roman Fevers: James, Gender, and Transnational Dis-ease
  2. pp. 140-158
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  1. Henry James's Italian Hours and the "Ruskinian Contagion"
  2. pp. 159-174
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  1. Fuller, Hawthorne,and Imagining Urbanspaces in Rome
  2. pp. 175-190
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  1. The Black Robe of Romance: Hawthorne’s Shadow and Howells's Italian Priest
  2. pp. 191-205
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  1. ‘‘The Connecting Link of Centuries’’: Melville, Rome, and the Mediterranean, 1856 –1857
  2. pp. 206-225
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  1. Road to Africa: Frederick Douglass’s Rome
  2. pp. 226-245
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 247-249
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 251-256
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781587294044
MARC Record
OCLC
56109525
Pages
264
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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