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Jun 14
10:00 - 16:00
27 Rue de Fleurus: The Gertrude Stein Salon
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Study Day: 14 June 2019

Friday: 10.00 – 16.00

Course code: 18TON383

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The Gertrude Stein Salon in Paris at the start of the 20th century was influential in bringing together artists, writers and thinkers who would help define modernism in literature and art. This interdisciplinary study day examines a selection of these artists and writers and explores the interconnected nature of the art forms that constituted the 'modernist experiment'.

Gertrude Stein was an American novelist, poet, playwright, and art collector. She moved to Paris in 1903, where she hosted a salon at 27 Rue de Fleurus, enabling the leading figures of modernism in literature and art, such as Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sinclair Lewis, Ezra Pound, Sherwood Anderson and Henri Matisse, to meet. This interdisciplinary study day will look at the influences of the Stein salon, studying the works of some of the writers and artists connected with it. We will explore the Fauvist and Cubist movements in modern art, tracing their connection with modernist literature through a study of writers of the period. Close reading of literary texts will be supported with close examination of paintings and sculptures of the period.

Required reading

No preparatory reading is required for this course but students might wish to consider the following: Gertrude Stein: The Autobiography of Alice B Toklas Ernest Hemingway: A Moveable Feast

 Additional information

This course is suitable for beginners, intermediates or advanced students.

This course allows you to spend time exploring a subject for interest, among like-minded people, without formal assessment.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of the course students will be able to:

  • engage with the works of writers and artists of the modernist period.
  • examine the selected texts and paintings in the light of their socio-historical context and literary experimentation.
  • understand the importance of the 'salon' in developing artistic movements.
  • interpret literary texts in a critical way, illustrating arguments with carefully chosen examples.
  • demonstrate knowledge through the construction of critical arguments and present and defend those arguments.

    About the tutor

    Sarah Anthony studied for her Masters degree with the Open University specialising in postcolonial nineteenth century literature. For the last 12 years she has taught undergraduate students and adult learners in courses ranging from Shakespeare to the postmodern. She currently teaches for the University of Kent and the WEA.


    United Kingdom



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