Past Courses

Spring 2020

Queen Victoria and Royal Representations (BRST 154b)
Margaret Homans, Professor 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

This course provides an 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. 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 are examined. There is a 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

Pre-2020

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

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

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

British Art and Landscape (BRST 177)
Martin Postle, Deputy Director for Grants and Publications

Photography in Victorian and Edwardian Britain: Aesthetics, Ethics, and Politics (BRST 150)
Sean Willcock, Postdoctoral Fellow, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

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

Bryan Fuermann, Landscape Historian, specializing in European landscape history from ancient Rome to 1900. 

Victorian Fiction (BRST 418)
Andrew Sanders, Emeritus Professor, Department of English, Durham University

Modern British Drama (BRST 478)
Sheila Fox, Freelance critic and BBC Producer

Modernist London: Literature and the Arts (BRST 171c) (pdf; 72 kb)
Professor Pericles Lewis
Department of English, Yale University

Society and Culture in London from Stow to Hogarth c. 1560–1760 (BRST 173c) (pdf; 220 kb)
Professor Keith Wrightson
Department of History, Yale University

Americans Abroad (BRST 175b) (pdf; 44 kb)
Professor Susan Chambers
Department of English, Yale University

The London Stage (BRST 176b) (pdf; 64 kb)
Professor Susan Chambers
Department of English, Yale University

British Art and Landscape (BRST 177b)
Martin Postle, Deputy Director for Collections & Publications
Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

London Theatre: The Contemporary Scene (BRST 180) (pdf; 118 kb)
Professor Paul Walsh
School of Drama, Yale University

Chaucer and Medieval London (BRST 198)
Ardis Butterfield
Professor of English, Yale University

Medieval Biography (BRST 199)
Ardis Butterfield
Professor of English, Yale University

Politics and Society in Great Britain, 1688–1832 (BRST 322b) (pdf; 35 kb)
Dr. Leslie Mitchell
University College, Oxford (retired)

Modern British Drama (BRST 478b)
Dr. Sheila Fox
Freelance critic and BBC Producer

William Morris: The Theory and Practice of Craft (BRST 497c) (pdf; 144 kb)
Professor Edward Cooke Jr.
Department of the History of Art, Yale University