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 covering 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 2015 is Friday, October 3, 2014. 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 2015 are due Monday, February 2, 2015.


BRST 173b, Society and Culture in London, 1560-1760 Keith Wrightson

The transformation of London from a modest city of 50,000 inhabitants to the metropolitan hub of an expanding British empire and a center of world trade. Focus on the development of a distinctive urban society and culture.  HU

* BRST 193b, Victorian Photography Staff

The technological and aesthetic development of photography in nineteenth-century Britain. Photography as art or science; photography's relationship with the visual arts, journalism, social and political campaigns, travel, tourism, and empire; debates about materialism and spiritualism; the figure of the photographer and of the photographic collector.  HU

* BRST 196b, Time and Place in Early Modern England Keith Wrightson

Perceptions of time and place in England and their relationships to personal and social identity, c. 1500 to 1800. Cartography, chorography, antiquarianism, conventions of timekeeping, perceptions of the life course, the creation of social memory and historical narratives, representations of social place, the effects of the Reformation, iconic places, and perceptions of previously unknown places and peoples. Use of visual and textual primary sources.  HU

* BRST 478b, Modern British Drama Sheila Fox

A detailed study of representative works of modern British drama, based on current productions on the London stage. Theatrical conventions developed by playwrights and actors in the theater of postwar Britain, both on the fringe and in the mainstream of the West End. Attention to social issues addressed by the plays.  HU