Courses

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

Summer 2019

Session 1: June 3–July 12, 2019
Session 2: July 1–August 9, 2019

Summer Session One

Contemporary British Theatre (BRST 190)

Marc Robinson, Professor of Theater Studies and English, Yale University

This seminar combines play-reading and theater-going to map the landscape of British drama and performance since 2000. The theater in this period is often acerbic and sometimes brazen, passionately engaged with the politics of a changing Britain and scornful of old pieties (including those of earlier radical playwrights). Many writers find elegant theatrical forms for sprawling subjects—class and racial strife in the aftermath of Thatcherism, the persistent ghosts of Britain’s imperialist past, the ethical questions prompted by technological innovation—while others create work on a more intimate scale, looking inward at the sexual gamesmanship between couples or at the equivocal morality of writers and even spectators. Readings are supplemented by weekly attendance at (and discussion of) productions in London’s established and lesser-known theaters.  HU

The British Country House: Collecting and Display (BRST 158)

Martin Postle, Deputy Director for Grants & Publications, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

This course explores the phenomenon of the British country house from the sixteenth century to the present day through its collections of works of art and their display histories. The course, centered around a series of country house “case studies,” addresses two closely related issues: the formation, character, and function of country house art collections and the conventions, development, and dynamics of pictorial and sculptural display within the country house. The course draws upon the Paul Mellon Centre’s extensive research resources, including archival materials, correspondence, country house guides, sales catalogues, books, photographs, and newly commissioned images. An essential component of the course is regular visits to country houses to study collections and displays, as well as a three-day field trip. HU

Summer Session Two

Taking on the World: Twentieth-Century British Visual Culture (BRST 159)

Kate Aspinall, independent historian, writer, and artist

This course considers the rapid artistic developments throughout twentieth-century Britain that culminated in London becoming one of the world’s capitals of art during the “Swinging Sixties,” with the rise of Beatlemania, pop art, and conceptualism among other cultural thrusts. This course moves chronologically from the early years of the twentieth century to the advent of the headline-grabbing “Young British Artists” (YBAs) in the 1990s, focusing on major artistic trends and their significance in the broader cultural history, a period marked by tremendous energy, rebellion, and innovation. Drawing on the numerous collections in museums, galleries, and art colleges across London, this course is a mix of lectures, readings-based discussions, and field trips.  HU

History of British Gardens, Landscape Parks, and Country House Architecture, 1500 to 1750 (BRST 200)

Bryan Fuermann, landscape historian, lecturer, Yale School of Architecture 

This course explores, chronologically and stylistically, the history of landscape and country house architecture in Britain from the sixteenth century to the mid-eighteenth century. During this period, the British, undergoing significant political, economic, and social change, shifted from adopting Italian, French, and Dutch principles of landscape design in their gardens to developing their own ideas of what a garden or park could be, how it should be laid out architecturally, and what its relationship to the house or palace would be. In the process, they transformed landscape and country house architectural history. The course includes visits to several important examples of historic landscapes and houses, including Hampton Court, Blenheim Palace, Rousham, Stowe, Chiswick, and others.  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.