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IDS 340: La Dolce Vita: Module 1

This course explores the influence of the classical, medieval, and Renaissance periods on 17th, 18th and 19th century Anglo and American writers embarking on the Grand Tour. Students will critically examine fundamental works of art and architecture, the

Overview of Italian Culture

Schedule and Links

August 25, Wednesday

Team-Taught: Overview of Class

 “Rome: Know Before You Go.”

“History of Italy”

“History of Italian Art”

“History of Italian Literature”

August 27,


Overview of Literature and Art

PBS. “The Roman Empire” PBS. 2006-.

This is a large site. Take your time perusing it.

Schuster, Angela. “Rome from year 1 to year 1000.” Archaeology, Volume 53 Number 1, January/February 2000

Pioch, Nicolas. “The Italian Renaissance.” Web Museum. 2002-   Please read the sections on the Early and High Renaissance.

Morris, Mary. Italian Time

August 30, Monday

In-Class Assignment: Explore Italy!

Please bring your laptops to class.

September 1, Wednesday

Aiken: Cresswell, Place Studies

Aiken: New Historicism

September 3, Friday


Exam 1

*5pm: 1st trip meeting. Location TBA.

September 6, Monday


PPT: Place Studies and New Historicism

Featured Video

Florence's Duomo

Readings, Module 1