This course offers you an introduction to the history of modernist and avant-garde art in Paris, and its impact upon cultural production in London. The course investigates how artists in both places responded to the political, social and technological transformations that took place in European societies between 1870 and 1980. You’ll look at the differences between life in Paris and in London during this period, and the effects that these had upon artistic production. You’ll also explore topics ranging from the influence of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painting on the Bloomsbury Group’s demands for sexual and social freedoms, to the influence of Dada and Surrealism on David Bowie, and Situationist ‘culture jamming’ on punk rock. We hope you will think about the construction of official ideas of culture and the varying means by which artists have generated their own aesthetics of resistance. Making use of the incredible resources provided by London itself, the course will include field trips to galleries and museums and tours of historic locations.
Course content is subject to change.
The course aims to introduce you to historical, political, social and artistic life in Paris and London between 1870 and 1980 through the study of a range of visual media, including painting, photography, journals, fanzines, posters, as well as related texts. It seeks to illuminate the transmission of artistic practices between these two geographical centres and account for the differences in these practices’ use and reception. It introduces you to the use of analytical tools to discuss visual documents in relation to historical and cultural issues, and seeks to assess the impact that Parisian modernist and avant-garde movements have had upon British cultural production.
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, field trips (galleries, museums)
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The Queen Mary Summer School costs: £1,650 per session, which includes tution and social programme.
We offer a 10% discount to:
The cost of accommodation is approximately £500 per session. For further information, please visit our accommodation page.
There may be additional costs for field trips, such as entry to exhibitions, which will be in the region of £10-20.
All reading material will be provided online, so it is not necessary to purchase any books.
Please note there is no deposit payment required for the Queen Mary Summer School.
To join our Summer School, you should have completed a minimum of two semesters’ study at your home institution.
We welcome Summer School students from around the world. We accept a range of qualifications:
We welcome international qualifications and we consider every application individually on its academic merit.
All of our courses are taught and assessed in English. If English isn’t your first language, you must meet one of the following English Language requirements in order to join the Queen Mary Summer School:
Applications are open!
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Application deadline: 26 May 2019.
You’ll need to upload the following documents together with your online application:
** Please don’t connect or enter the UK via Ireland, as there are visa restrictions.