Yale in London, summer 2014, West Kennet Longbarrow, photograph courtesy of Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

Spring 2018

January 15–April 27, 2018

Anglo-Saxons and Vikings (BRST 152)
Anders Winroth, Forst Family Professor of History, Yale University

This course examines the intertwined history of the Vikings and the Anglo-Saxons in the period between the first raids in ca. 790 and the Norman conquest of 1066. We will study the almost constant warfare between the two groups, as well as the ways in which they negotiated peaceful interactions leading to large groups of Scandinavians being integrated into English society and culture. We will also examine the culture that flourished in this period in literature, languages, and art.

Common Law and Other Law in England (BRST 153)
Anders Winroth, Forst Family Professor of History, Yale University

This course explores the history of English Common Law, from its foundation through the organization of earlier law, legal innovation, and inspiration from continental law, to its record by Blackstone, with a few excursions to its influence on US constitutional law. Topics include Henry II’s creation of the system in the twelfth century, the Magna Cartathe development of the system through legal fictions (bills of Middlesex, etc.), the competition among the courts (some of which applied Roman and canon law rather than common law), and feudal tenure.

Modern British Theater (BRST 154)
Mark Wheatley, Writer and Lecturer

This course offers an introduction to London theater through current productions of classic and contemporary works, including commercial, subsidized, and alternative theater; productions from the National Theatre, London; and the best of the fringe. We will examine theatrical conventions and the historical and cultural contexts of the plays, the economics of the theater in London, and the political and social implications of the stories the plays tell. This course engages with behind-the-scenes work of British theater as well as viewing performances.
British Art and Landscape (BRST 177)

Martin Postle, Deputy Director for Grants and Publications

This course will examine the role of visual art in articulating cultural, literary, political, and environmental approaches to the landscape of the British Isles in the period from 1750 to ca. 1850. Topics will include country house and “prospect” landscapes, the landscaped garden, Britain and Italy, academic landscapes, town and cityscapes, travel and topography, and the evolution of the romantic landscape. The course will take full advantage of landscape art in museums and art galleries, including the National Gallery, Tate Britain, and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Past Courses

Each year new courses are added to the curriculum and some may be repeated in upcoming sessions. Samples of recent Yale in London courses, including syllabi, are available for review in past courses.