KIIS Italy Study Abroad Program

Faculty in the English Department have lead several KIIS trips to Italy over the years.

“Italy in the Literary Imagination” and “Classical Mythology and the Bible”

Summer 2016

Dr. Lloyd Davies will be teaching these two courses in the summer of 2016 in Italy. In “Classical Mythology and the Bible,” the class will study several stories that were the subjects of Italian artwork and music. “Italy in the Literary Imagination” will focus on a study of literature and poems by American, English, and German writers that are set in Florence, Venice, or Rome. “Both courses will deliberately integrate the literary texts with the Italian setting: both are enriched by that connection,” Dr. Davies noted.

The program dates are May 21st–June 20th. Eleven days will be spent in Florence, with a day trip to Venice; the following four days will be spent in Siena; and the remaining thirteen days will be spent in Rome, including a day trip to Pompeii.

There is a discounted deadline that ends on January 20th, but the final deadline in February 15th. Scholarships are available. If interested, contact Dr. Davies at lloyd.davies@wku.edu .

More information may be found on the Italy study abroad website.

To view the courses syllabi, click here.

“Gothic Literature in Italy” and “Hawthorne and James in Italy”

Summer 2010

Dr. Sandy Hughes helped teachΒ the course of 40 students in 2010. In 2010, the class spent three weeks in Florence, 1 week in Rome, and took a day trip to Venice.

The trip was offered as either “Gothic Literature in Italy” or “Hawthorne and James in Italy.” The program director and faculty from other universities on the KIIS trip taught other courses as well, based on their particular specialities.

For the “Gothic Literature in Italy” course, the class studied theoretical readings about Gothic literature, including works by Walpole, Radcliffe, Hawthorne, and others. In “Hawthorne and James in Italy,” highlighted readings included fiction and nonfiction work focused on Italy by the two authors–like James’sΒ Daisy Miller andΒ The Aspern Papers,Β and Hawthorne’s “Rappaccini’s Daughter” andΒ The Marble Faun.

Dr. Hughes integrated the coursework into the trip by visiting locations and viewing artwork that was specifically referencedΒ in the literary works the course was studying. The class visited St. Peter’s Cathedral, the Vatican Museum, the Catacombs of Saint Calixtus, the Capitoline Museum, the Uffizi Gallery, the Capuchin Monks’ chapel of human bones, the Grand Canal in Venice, as well as a few other sites.

Dr. Hughes is applying to teach the two courses again in the summer of 2017.