BA (University College London), MA, PhD (Courtauld, University of London)

Contact details

The Courtauld Institute of Art

Somerset House

London WC2R 0RN


Dr Caroline Levitt
Caroline Levitt specialises in French art and literature of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She completed her PhD, supervised by Prof. Christopher Green, in 2009. Her thesis, Guillaume Apollinaire and André Breton: Encounters in the Avant-Gardes, examined the relationship between Apollinaire and Breton as manifested through their involvement and interest in artistic practices such as graffiti, illustration, cinema and the collection and construction of objects. Caroline is currently pursuing two major projects which emerge from her doctoral research: the first concerning the relationship between Le Corbusier and Surrealism (on which she is planning an edited volume) and the second based around artists drawing over pre-printed copies of books (which will hopefully be the subject of an exhibition).

research interests

  • Relationships between art and poetry, c. 1900-45
  • Surrealist art, literature and film
  • The art, architecture and writings of Le Corbusier
  • Relationships between poetry and architecture, poetry and sculpture
  • Twentieth century artists working in craft media


Teaching in 2010-2011

Autumn Term 2010
MA option: Art, Artists and 20th Century Modernism in Europe:  Works, Contexts, Meanings (co-taught with Prof. Christopher Green)

Spring Term 2011
BA1 Topic Course: Technique and Meaning in Twentieth Century Art

Forthcoming Research Events

Intersections: Architecture and Poetry
Conference, 3-4 June 2011

View call for papers


In preparation:

‘Apollinaire and the Gothic: Enchanting and Decayng the Modern’ (essay to be included as part of an edited volume for Ashgate on Gothic and its Legacies).

‘From the walls of factories to the art of the poet: inscription and imprisonment in Apollinaire and Breton’ (article).

Le Corbusier and Surrealism (edited volume to be proposed as part of Ashgate’s series ‘Studies in Surrealism’).


Book review: Constantin Brancusi, by Sanda Miller (Reaktion Books, 2010). Slavonic and East European Review, April 2011.

‘Twentieth Century Art, 1900-45’ in: The Art Museum, London: Phaidon, Autumn 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, Nov 2008.

‘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.


Modernism; France; Literature and Poetry; Cinema; Architecture; Le Corbusier; Apollinaire; Surrealism.