First Monday: Brigitte Bailey "Gazing at Italy—Or How American Tourists Learned to Love Images"
Professor of English Brigitte Bailey will discuss her new book--American Travel Literature, Gendered Aesthetics, and the Italian Tour, 1824-62 (Edinburgh UP)--where she analyzes US tourist writings about Italy to explain what roles transatlantic tourism, aesthetic response, and travel literature played in the cultural formation of the United States. The book’s interdisciplinary methodology draws on antebellum visual culture, tourist practices, and shifting class and gender identities to describe tourism and tourist writing as shapers of a national subjectivity and to illuminate the depth of Americans’ turn towards visual iconography in articulating social and national identities.
** Please note that, due to Labor Day and Rosh Hashanah, September's First Monday will be held on the third Monday of the month, September 17. **
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The Center for the Humanities hosts First Monday events at the Three Chimneys Inn in Durham. These center around short, informal talks by faculty members, designed to give colleagues a window into their work. We reserve time at the end for questions and conversation.