ENGL 275 Final

J e s t e r 4 on the juxtaposition of english and

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Unformatted text preview: critic, was a prominent contributor to feminist texts in the early nineteenth century, seen within her dispatches to the New York Tribune within Susan Cahill’s anthology, Desiring Italy. She claims the Emersonian notions of self ­reliance and transcendentalism for women, so it is no surprise that she defends the importance of experiencing and seeing things for oneself. She describes, “Italy is beautiful, worthy to be loved and embraced, not talked about” (187). Through her individualistic spirit, she highlights facets of female cosmopolitanism within her writing. Her accounts of war focusing on the legitimacy of female labor show how she was involved in Rome, where she embraced som and was politically transformed. Additionally, Fuller notes the contrasting customs of the English and Italians as well as the negative aspects of tourism, two key course themes. J e s t e r | 4 On the juxtaposition of English and Italian values, Fuller explains, ”I admired their honor, truth, practical intelligence, persistent power. But they do not look well in Italy; they are not the figures for this landscape” (128). She characterizes the process of sight ­seeing as painful, unnatural, and “counter to the healthful methods and true life of the mind,” which accentuates why travel is to be desired over tourism—a view against the phenomenon of the Grand Tour. With tourism, she notes, “The objects are of commanding beauty or full of suggestion, but you have no quiet to let that beauty breathe its life into your soul” (190). In contrast, with meaningful travel, one can take the time to walk around a city and being to grasp its true character. However, with increased knowledge of Italy comes more awareness, as seen in her raw depictions of Rome during its revolution. Her accounts of the revolution add a historical component to her writings, and while her descriptions of the destruction of the city are sad, they reveal a beautiful personal connection. The themes of passion and getting to know a place over time are particularly relevant to studying abroad, as Fuller is able to adopt Italy as her country and Rome as her home. 3. Film: Tea with Mussolini “[Florence is] the human divine, the body beautiful. And you—yes, you—could be part of that world and make to create. To live as those old artists did, Luca, is to share a part in the divine plan.” Film is also an important medium for grasping the nature of Italy, as it provides the viewer with the opportunity to visually connect scenes with their own personal experiences traveling to those cities. In Tea with Mussolini, Italy’s value as the backdrop for cross ­cul...
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