British Studies

(Courses at the Paul Mellon Centre in London)

During the spring term, the Yale-in-London program at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, located in central London, offers four courses in British studies generally including British history, history of art or architecture, literature, and drama. Students take all four courses offered, and courses taught at the Paul Mellon Centre must be taken for a letter grade. Further information is available on the program's Web site. Inquiries may also be directed to The application deadline for spring term 2017 is Friday, October 7, 2016. Students will be notified of acceptance within one month of the application deadline. Inquiries about the summer program, described in the Undergraduate Curriculum section, should be directed to the same address. Applications for summer 2017 are due Wednesday, February 15, 2017.


* BRST 177b, British Art and Landscape Staff

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 1914. Artists include eighteenth and nineteenth-century practitioners such as Richard Wilson, Thomas Gainsborough, J. M. W. Turner and John Constable, Pre-Raphaelite artists including William Holman Hunt and John Brett and Edwardian painters such as George Clausen and Philip Wilson Steer.  HU

* BRST 206b, The Art and Architecture of Medieval London, 1066–1547 Staff

The central role of art and architecture in the secular and religious life of London during the Middle Ages. Ways in which rulers used art, architecture, sculpture, painting, metalwork, and manuscript illumination to control their own identities, how usurpers manipulated it to undermine authority, and how the faithful engaged with it to the glory of God. Beginning with the coronation of William the Conqueror at Westminster Abbey and closing with the death of Henry VIII at Whitehall Palace, examination of the how the rebuilding and altering of such places as Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London reflect the history of England and its position within Europe.  HU

* BRST 219b, British Biography, Portraiture, and Psychoanalysis Staff

The representation of the person in British biography, visual art, and psychoanalysis.  Authors and artists include William Hogarth, Joshua Reynolds, Samuel Johnson, James Boswell, Elizabeth Gaskell, Virginia Woolf, Sigmund Freud, Lucien Freud, Francis Bacon, Hermione Lee, D. W. Winnicott, Adam Phillips, Rineke Dijkstra. prior coursework in literature, history of art, history, or psychology is helpful.  WR, HU

* BRST 220b, London Metropolis in the Modern Imagination Staff

London as the model for the modern metropolis in literature and film. Dickens, T. S. Eliot, Virginia Woolf, Orwell, Elizabeth Bowen, Zadie Smith, and Amit Chaudhuri, read alongside film, television, city maps, and graphic design. prior coursework in literature, film, sociology, or history is helpful.   WR, HU