Study Abroad Information for Current Linfield Students
January Term Abroad
ENGL-398 Marie Bashkirtseff: Life and Art: Nice, Rome, and Paris
We will read Marie's diary and study and view her art, placing her life in the context of her time through study of people, places, and cultural movements. We will study Marie's approach to her culture and encounter the distinctive atmospheres of the French and Italian cities we visit.
Marie began her journal in 1873 at the age of fourteen and wrote in it almost every day for eleven years. The diary stops ten days before her death at twenty-five. She was intent on becoming famous; as a singer, an artist, and a writer - on leaving a legacy that would survive her. We will examine that legacy.
Because Marie is important in part for her diary and its reflection of her world, and in part for her art, this class has a dual emphasis. Much of the journal shows her life in the three main cities we will visit - Nice, Rome and Paris. We will connect her interests with key political, social, and cultural monuments of her century. We will see her paintings in Nice and Paris, look at the manuscripts of her journal and visit her tomb.
You will research selected political, social, or cultural figures from nineteenth-century France or Italy and connect them with specific sites in these cities. (For example, Marie would have attended the Opera Garnier in Paris. We will visit the site and try to attend a performance if possible.) Each student will have a site report to make at one of these places, relating the site to Marie's times and her journal. Reading her diary, learning about her world, and traveling to see her works, students will have a detailed context in which to place her achievement.
We will be using a new edition of my translation of two volumes of excerpts from Marie's journal, to be brought out as e-books by Fonthill Press in 2012. Please see: www.FonthillPress.com
Prerequisite: Fall semester prior to JT'13 departure, students will be required to enroll and participate in the IDST 090 Global Issues Forum (1 credit).
Faculty: Professor Katherine Kernberger
Fees: Program Fee: $4900; Estimated Air: $1300
LC: CS or VP