Art and Letters: Visual Culture in its Literary Contexts (V4111)

30 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

This module explores connections between visual and literary imaginations in the late-nineteenth- and early twentieth centuries. You will study the ways in which cultural and political environments frame interactions between artists, writers, architects, designers and radical intellectuals.

We will focus on the clustering of work around a number of themes. The module will examine the Arts and Crafts movement and turn-of-the-century painting and literature in Britain and America; the work of artists and writers responding to the First World War; the politics of creative interactions within the Bloomsbury Group; and intersections evolving out of share iconographies such as the metropolis.

Artists and writers whose work we will discuss include Henry James, John Singer Sargent, Gertrude Jekyll, Frank Lloyd Wright, CFA Voysey, David Jones, Paul Nash, T.S. Eliot, Virginia Woolf, Vanessa Bell, Bill Brandt, Ron Kitaj and Graham Greene.


33%: Practical (Workshop)
67%: Seminar


30%: Practical (Presentation)
70%: Written assessment (Dissertation)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 300 hours of work. This breaks down into 33 hours of contact time and 267 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.