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Dr Caroline Levitt

Associate Lecturer and Graduate Diploma Programme Coordinator

Caroline Levitt is a specialist in 19th and 20th century French art and literature, and has a particular interest in relationships between text and image/object. She completed her BA in French and History of Art at UCL in 2004 and came to the Courtauld for an MA (2005) and PhD (2008). Whilst undertaking her PhD, she was supervised by Prof Christopher Green on a project entitled Guillaume Apollinaire and André Breton: Encounters in the Avant-Gardes. She has taught at The Courtauld, the University of Bristol, the University of York and Queen Mary (University of London).

Caroline’s main research is currently centred on books that have been drawn over by their artist-owners in an effort to annotate, illustrate, ornament, critique, obfuscate or even deface. Through examining the activity of artists such as Rodin on the poetry of Baudelaire or Le Corbusier on Homer’s Iliad it is possible to develop a picture of an intriguing, and literally ‘marginal’ rewriting of Modernism.

As Graduate Diploma Programme Coordinator, Caroline acts as personal tutor to current Diploma students and is responsible for a variety of study support activities.

Caroline is also a regular contributor to the Courtauld’s Public Programmes, including Summer School, Study Tours, the Showcasing Art History lecture series and schools outreach.

Current Teaching

Techniques and Meanings in 20th Century Art (Courtauld Graduate Diploma in the History of Art)

Research Interests

  • Modern art, with a focus on France c. 1850-1945
  • Surrealism
  • Relationships between art and poetry, c. 1850-1945, especially illustrated books and books drawn over by their artist owners
  • Modern artists working in non-painterly media, including literature, film and ‘decorative’ arts
  • Links between architecture and poetry, especially the art, architecture and writing of Le Corbusier

Recent and forthcoming publications

Articles and Essays

  • ‘The World at War: Early Twentieth Century’, Art and Time: A World History of Styles and Movements, London, Phaidon, 2014
  • ‘Raoul Dufy, Pierre Alechinsky and Jim Dine: Depicting the Arts in Guillaume Apollinaire’s “Le Poète assassin锑, Nottingham French Studies, (Special Issue on ‘Art in French Fiction since 1900’), Autumn 2012. Available online
  • ‘Apollinaire, Derain and L’Enchanteur pourrissant: The Decay and Multiplication of Gothic Meaning’, Cleaver L., Lepine A. (eds), Gothic Legacies: Four Centuries of Tradition and Innovation, Cambridge, Cambridge Scholars, 2012
  • ‘Modern Art, 1900 to mid-century’ The Art Museum, London, Phaidon, 2011
  • ‘From the Walls of Factories to the Poetry of the Street: Inscriptions and Graffiti in the Work of Apollinaire and the Surrealists’, Papers of Surrealism, Issue 9, Summer 2011. Available online
  • ‘Screening Poetry: Guillaume Apollinaire, André Breton and Experimental Cinema’, Immediations: the Courtauld Institute of Art journal of postgraduate research, vol. 2, no.1, London, Jul 2008

Reviews

  • Book review, Constantin Brancusi by Sandy Miller (Reaktion Books, 2010), Slavonic and East European Review, April 2011
  • Exhibition review, Mondrian/De Stijl, Centre Pompidou, Paris, The Burlington Magazine, vol. 153, no. 1296, March 2011
  • Exhibition review, Gauguin: Maker of Myth, Tate Modern, London, Art and Christianity Journal, issue 64, Winter 2010
  • Book review, Picasso and Apollinaire: the persistence of memory by Peter Read (University of California Press, 2008), The Burlington Magazine, vol. CL, no. 1268, November 2008

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