Courses

Summer 2018 | Yale in London students visit Clare College, Cambridge, UK

Spring 2020

Session 1: January 13–April 24, 2020

Spring Session One

Queen Victoria and Royal Representations (BRST 154b)

Margaret HomansProfessor of English, Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Yale University

What made the Victorian era “Victorian”? This course studies Victorian literary and visual culture by investigating Queen Victoria’s role as a monarch and empress who was also a wife, widow, and mother. Readings include Lewis Carroll’s Alice books, fiction by Margaret Oliphant and George Eliot, and the queen’s own writings. WR, HU

Virginia Woolf’s London (BRST 212b)

Margaret Homans, Professor of English, Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Yale University

This course considers Virginia Woolf’s London novels in the context of the lively groups of artists, writers, and local and international political activists in the London of her day. Topics include her experiments with literary form; her approaches to questions of sexuality, gender, race, and imperialism; and her legacy today. WR, HU

Modern British Theater (BRST 154b)

Mark Wheatley, Writer and Lecturer
 
Introduction to London theater, as possible through current productions of classic and contemporary works, including commercial, subsidized, and alternative theater; productions from the National Theatre; and the best of the fringe. Examination of theatrical conventions and 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. Focus on engaging with behind-the-scenes work of British theater as well as viewing performances. WR, HU
 

The Golden Age of Painting in Britain (BRST 195b)

Mark Hallett, Director of Studies, Paul Mellon Centre
 
The course examines painting in Britain during a period of remarkable artistic and cultural change. Looking particularly at the relationship between painting and different forms of artistic display, performance, and self-promotion in the Georgian period. The course offers close readings of individual practitioners, such as Reynolds, Turner, Constable, and their works during Britain’s Golden Age of painting. HU

 

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.