Two Nations Entwined: England and France
Neighbors across the English Channel, England and France have always shared a special relationship, whether as friend or foe. English culture has long been influenced by French customs, and throughout history, England has lured many French visitors. In this course, explore the shared culture, ranging from the 17th to 19th centuries, of these two special nations, and analyze how each country adopted and made these cultural traits its own. Discover French royal connections and country house rococo-inspired interiors; study the sojourns of French visitors to England, including Voltaire, Monet, Debussy, and important craftsmen; admire French treasures acquired by English nobles during the French Revolution; and question why Napoleon, who appeared on a prison ship off the English coast, created a frenzy of Regency tourism. Also, explore facets of cultural reciprocity, including when the traditional English landscape garden and the time-honored English tea-drinking ritual became fashionable in France.
You'll Walk Away with
- An appreciation of the cultural traits and traditions shared between England and France
- An understanding of the special relationship between these two countries
- All members of the community—working, retired, and in between
- Those interested in history, art, literature, and culture