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Harlow Literary London with Mary Walsh and Don Nichol. Fall Semester September 2 - December 3, 2014


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Harlow Scholarships


ENGL 3713: British Drama in Performance

ENGL 3714: Introduction to Creative Writing – Satire

ENGL 3715: Foundling Literature

ENGL 3813: Theories of National Cinema

ENGL 4040: British Literature 1700-1750

For more information about the program, upcoming info sessions, and how to apply, please contact:

Dr. Don Nichol

A 3013

Department of English

Memorial University

Telephone: 864-8064


Proposed Course Descriptions:

Introduction to Creative Writing – Satire (special topics course, Harlow only) is a seminar using models of contemporary satire and students’ own work. Guest satirists may be invited to meet with students. Students will be expected to write satirical sketches based on their Harlow experiences and engage in collaborative projects. Text to include The Plays of CODCO, ed. Helen Peters.

British Drama in Performance (special topics course, Harlow only) is a study of contemporary British stage productions. Students will attend plays in London and environs, write reviews, participate in seminars, and keep a journal of their experiences. Guest experts may be invited to meet with students. N.B. Every student doing Literary London MUST take this course as the program fee is largely made up of theatre outings.

Foundling Literature (special topics course, Harlow only). A study of 'Foundling' literature with emphasis on London as its locus. We will pursue such 'Foundling' authors as Sophocles, Henry Fielding, Charles Dickens and John Irving. Texts to include Oedipus Rex, selections from the Foundling Hospital & New Foundling Hospital For Wit, Tom Jones, Great Expections, Cider-House Rules, etc.

Theories of National Cinema will focus mainly on 20th-century British films. Course content will in part be determined by screenings offered at the British Film Institute and other venues.

British Literature 1700-1750 covers the period of Addison and Steele, Mary Astell, Daniel Defoe, Henry Fielding, Eliza Haywood, Lady Mary Wortly Montague, and the Scriblerians, a club which included Jonathan Swift, Alexander Pope, and John Gay. Tests include The Broadview Anthology of British Literature, vol. 3: The Restoration and the 18th Century, ed. Joseph Black, et al. (Broadview, 2012), Moll Flanders, Joseph Andrews, etc.

About the Instructors:

Winner of a score of Gemini awards, holder of five honorary degrees, recipient of the Order of Canada and Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement, Mary Walsh is probably best known for her work as a member of COCDO and as the creator of This Hour Has 22 Minutes. A director, writer and actor on Hatching Matching and Dispatching and the feature film, Young Triffie, Mary Walsh also hosted Open Book, a literary chat show, in 2003. She appeared on BBC TV on New Year's Day 2007 opposite Matt Lucas in Wind & the Willows. Her one-woman show, Dancing with Rage, has played to packed houses across Canada since 2012.

Don Nichol first taught at Memorial University in 1978 and finished his PhD at Edinburgh University in 1984. He wrote his first book, Pope’s Literary Legacy (Oxford, 1992) in the “old” British Library and edited The New Foundling Hospital for Wit (London, 2006), a three-volume collection of British satire, for a Bloomsbury publisher. He has edited a collection of essays for University of Toronto Press on the 300th anniversry of Alexander Pope's Rape of the Lock (due out in 2014).