Word and Image: Art, Artists, and Literature


Philip Mingay


credits 3 (hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)


Literary works that offer representations of the artist and his or her work abound, and the presentation of the artist’s role in culture has a long and fascinating literary history. This course examines literary representations of art and artists, including the visual arts. How have writers described the lives and the work of writers, painters, and sculptors? What can we learn about creativity, talent, and the lives of artists from these literary works? Texts will be selected from various historical periods, and from multiple countries, in order to demonstrate the rich relationship between the visual and the literary.


Prerequisites: ENGL 214, 215





Essay One


Essay Two (Research)


Library Assignment


Quizzes, Short Answers 10%

Final Exam







The classes will incorporate both lecture and discussion formats. I will introduce each text and its critical background, and then as a class we will examine the text in detail, as well as any supplementary texts. This means that you must attend class, keep up with the readings, and be prepared to contribute to class discussions. It would be useful for you to note what you believe are significant sections from the texts, and how they may contribute to our understanding of the course as a whole.

The University expects students to attend all classes, seminars and laboratory periods. Part of a student's responsibility in contributing to the community of the University is his or her contribution to and participation in each class. Students should note that some classes (e.g., physical activity courses, Choir) have minimum attendance requirements. Students auditing a course must attend at least 80% of the lectures.

The classroom is a collaborative space where each member contributes to the intellectual progression and stimulation of the class. Be present; be prepared; be professional or we are all lesser for it.


Academic integrity measures will be used in this course, including screening all essays for originality through Turnitin. Academic dishonesty is a serious offence with potentially disastrous consequences, and I intend to hold you to the highest academic standards. Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with University policies regarding scholarly ethics and academic integrity (see current King's calendar).

There is a zero tolerance policy and multiple incidents may affect your academic record. Stiff penalties apply for offenders:

•  First offense = automatic zero on the assignment.

•  Second offense = automatic failure of the course.

•  Subsequent offense = convening of Discipline Committee with power to recommend penalties up to and including expulsion from the University.

Academic Honesty
The University disciplinary code defines the following as offenses. Committing these or aiding another student in committing these is academic misconduct.

Cheating includes: obtaining or providing information or material from or to others during an exam; allowing another student to observe answers during an exam; or possessing or attempting to acquire or distribute unauthorized material relating to an exam.

Plagiarism includes: representing another's work in whole or in part as one's own in an exam or paper, knowingly including a false statement or reference as if it were true, or submission by the student of the work prepared for a different course without the express consent of the instructor.

Other offenses are: tampering or attempting to tamper with examinations, class work, grades or class records; failure to abide by instructor directions regarding the individuality of work; impersonation of another student in an examination or other class assignment; falsification or fabrication of lab reports; the non-authorized recording of lectures; failure to obtain approval, permission, or to otherwise follow procedures, as required by the University as outlined in the University Calendar.

The first occurrence of plagiarism in any course results in a zero for the assignment, test, or exam; the second case in any course results in a zero for the course; and the third case in any course results in academic suspension. Occurrences of plagiarism will also be noted on the student’s academic record. For more information see the King’s Calendar.

Academic integrity applies to every aspect of the classroom – from testing to our relationship with peers. Major assignments will be vetted by TurnItIn; students will also sign and submit an Academic Integrity Agreement detailing our shared understanding of professional practices and conduct.

***Please (PLEASE!) discuss with me any concerns you may have regarding your research or other matters.  I will also address plagiarism and proper citation methods throughout the semester, and post information on our website.



Student Support Services

Students with disabilities or medical conditions who require academic accommodations in this course must contact a Coordinator in the Student Support and Accessibility Office (SSAO) to complete a registration form and receive the necessary Letters of Accommodation.

After registering with the Student Support and Accessibility Office, students must present their Letter of Accommodation and discuss their needs with their professor as early in the term as possible.

Please note that more information including deadlines for the submission of documentation and completed forms to Student Support and Accessibility Office are available on the website:

Tutoring Services

Students can access tutoring help through the Tutoring Registry in the Academic Enrichment Centre in the Library, which allows students to hire a tutor at $15/hr. Students will also be able to apply to become a tutor through this Registry.

The Writing Centre, also housed within the Academic Enrichment Centre in the Library, will be offering weekly group tutorials for English as well as individual tutoring in writing. Some academic departments offer weekly group tutorials in the areas of Math, Chemistry and Biology. There is an Academic Support Assistant, who can share effective study techniques and time management skills. Book appointments by emailing

Mental Health Supports

Counselling Services: Book appt online through

Wellness Room: Join King’s Wellness Room on FB

Campus Minister: Tim Wood (

Spiritual Mentor and Life Coach: Bob Foo ( or Val Martens (

Student Life: – to help you find supports in your area

Check out the King’s website for more support information.




Department of English