Mary Poppins Course Syllabus

Lovely Living University

http://www.lovelylivinguniversity.com/

 

Literature 106: Mary Poppins

http://www.lovelylivinguniversity.com/group/literature-106

 

December 2018

 

Instructor: Carrie Campbell

 

CLASS SYLLABUS

 

Introduction: We’ll re-watch the classic 1964 film, read the book that inspired it, learn about the life of the author, examine the cultural impact of Mary Poppins, and explore the sequel, Mary Poppins Returns.

 

WEEK 1 - December 1-7 : Mary Poppins: The Book

 

Readings:

 

Read the Mary Poppins book this week. It’s short, you can do it!

 

Mary Poppins Book Review

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/book-reviews/mary-poppins

 

Mary Poppins Book Series in Order

https://www.bookseriesinorder.com/mary-poppins/

 

Not Sugary but Sharp and Subversive, on the Page and the Screen

https://www.theguardian.com/film/commentisfree/2015/sep/15/mary-poppins-disney-film-remake-pl-travers-book

 

P.L. Travers Mary Poppins Books are Full of Dark Delight

https://www.seattletimes.com/entertainment/movies/pl-traversrsquo-mary-poppins-books-are-full-of-dark-delight/

 

Videos:

 

Mary Poppins Audiobook (Optional; 4 hours)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uDekEtV8yM

 

Homework:

 

Participate in at least two forum discussions this week.

 

Extra Credit:

 

Mary Poppins Opens the Door

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1944/01/mary-poppins-opens-the-door/306100/

 

WEEK 2 – December 8-15: Mary Poppins: The Classic Film and Its Influence

 

Readings:

 

Explore Disney’s Mary Poppins Official Website

https://movies.disney.com/mary-poppins

 

Explore the Mary Poppins Effect Blog

https://themarypoppinseffect.com/

 

Explore the Mary Poppins Festival Website

https://www.marypoppinsfestival.com.au/

 

50 Practically Perfect Facts About Mary Poppins

https://www.laughingplace.com/w/articles/2014/08/27/50-practically-perfect-mary-poppins-facts/

 

Mary Poppins Was the Original Disney Feminist

http://time.com/3178096/mary-poppins-feminist-anniversary/

 

New York Times’ 1964 Review of Mary Poppins

https://www.nytimes.com/1964/09/25/archives/screen-mary-poppinsjulie-andrews-stars-as-famous-nanny.html

 

Practically Perfect in Every Way: Julie Andrews at the National Portrait Gallery

https://npg.si.edu/blog/practically-perfect-every-way

 

26 Surprising Things You Didn’t Know About Mary Poppins

https://www.thisisinsider.com/mary-poppins-fun-facts-2018-9

 

Variety’s 1963 Mary Poppins Film Review

https://variety.com/1963/film/reviews/mary-poppins-1200420599/

 

Videos:

 

Mary Poppins 1964 Trailer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtI1RioQ-iI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuWf9fP-A-U

 

Chim Chim Cheree

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fHppd_KtP4

 

Mary Poppins World Premiere 1964

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtYIqx5N-N0

 

P.L. Travers Interview at the 1964 Mary Poppins Premiere

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frgzmQaXlHE

 

Feed the Birds

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHrRxQVUFN4

 

Jolly Holiday

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zy7XEMeBROQ

 

Julie Andrews Wins an Oscar for Mary Poppins

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZ7d4Rx7ftI

 

Julie Andrews on the 50th Anniversary of Mary Poppins

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOv2n5quWbo

 

Let’s Go Fly a Kite

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BA-g8YYPKVo

 

The Making of Mary Poppins (watch all six parts)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mdb_fGWJFcQ&list=PLE3355EA010AFA277

 

Spoon Full of Sugar

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrnoR9cBP3o

 

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZNRzc3hWvE

 

Homework:

 

Participate in at least two forum discussions this week.

 

Extra Credit:

 

How Mary Poppins Softened the Image of the Suffragette

https://daily.jstor.org/mary-poppins-softened-image-suffragette/

 

Mary Poppins on The Next Reel Film Podcast

https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/rash-pixel/the-next-reel/e/53111853?autoplay=true

 

Mary Poppins on Retro Rewind Podcast

http://retrorewindpodcast.com/episodes/mary-poppins-podcast

 

WEEK 3 – December 16-22: The Making of Mary Poppins; the Life of P.L. Travers

 

Readings:

 

Becoming Mary Poppins: P.L. Travers, Walt Disney, and the Making of a Myth

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2005/12/19/becoming-mary-poppins

 

Dick Van Dyke Paid Walt Disney $4000 for Second Role in Mary Poppins

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/dick-van-dyke-paid-walt-disney-4000-mary-poppins-banker-role-1163157

 

The Disney Films: Mary Poppins

http://www.thedisneyfilms.com/2011/09/mary-poppins-1964.html

 

How Did P.L. Travers, The Prickly Author of Mary Poppins, Really Fare Against Walt Disney?

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-did-pl-travers-the-prickly-author-of-mary-poppins-really-fare-against-walt-disney-180949052/

 

How Mary Poppins Author P.L. Travers Got a Disney Makeover

http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/0/25137310

 

How We Made Mary Poppins

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2013/dec/02/how-we-made-mary-poppins

 

Jane Banks Actress Finally Watches Mary Poppins Film for the First Time

https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/movies/jane-banks-actress-karen-dotrice-watches-mary-poppins-for-first-time-20131122-2y0ml.html

 

Julie Andrews on Meeting P.L. Travers

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1-UWRjdE7o

 

Let Us Not Forget the Remarkable Life of P.L. Travers

https://www.wdwinfo.com/entertainment-2/book-review-let-us-not-forget-the-remarkable-life-of-mary-poppins-author-p-l-travers/

 

Mary Poppins Making-Of Info from D23 50th Anniversary Celebration

https://www.laughingplace.com/w/articles/2014/08/27/d23s-mary-poppins-celebration/

 

Mary Poppins Child Star Karen Dotrice: If I’d Had It My Way…

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/disney/10481596/Mary-Poppins-child-star-Karen-Dotrice-If-Id-had-my-way-Id-never-have-done-any-of-those-films.html

 

Mary Wickes, the Original On-Screen Mary Poppins, Devasted When Walt Disney Snubbed Her for Iconic Role

https://decider.com/2018/12/17/mary-wickes-mary-poppins-history/

 

Not All Spoonfuls of Sugar: Saving Mr. Banks

https://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/05/movies/awardsseason/tom-hanks-and-emma-thompson-discuss-saving-mr-banks.html

 

  1. L. Travers Biography

https://www.biography.com/people/pl-travers-21358293

 

P.L. Travers at Britannica.com

https://www.britannica.com/biography/P-L-Travers

 

Revealing Secrets about Mary Poppins

https://www.glamour.com/story/what-you-didnt-know-about-mary

 

The Story of P.L. Travers

https://reelrundown.com/celebrities/The-Making-of-Mary-Poppins-The-story-of-PL-Travers

 

The Truth Behind Mary Poppins Creator P.L. Travers

https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/movies/the-truth-behind-mary-poppins-creator-pl-travers-20140104-30akz.html


Videos:

 

Rent or stream, and watch “Saving Mr. Banks”

https://amzn.to/2Lr9uld

 

The Secret Life of Mary Poppins

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSnhq1R6IWA

 

Saving Mr. Banks Trailer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-TYIunyztk

 

A Visit with P.L. Travers, from The Library of Congress

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9eJcb4Y03k

 

Was Mary Poppins Real?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yYANE42czU

 

Homework:

 

Participate in at least two forum discussions this week

 

Extra credit:

 

Australian Towns at War Over Mary Poppins Author P.L. Travers Legacy

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/australia/7881379/Australian-towns-at-war-over-legacy-of-Mary-Poppins-author.html

 

Mary Poppins Parade at Disneyland

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJexbqKbhbA

 

The Real Mary Poppins

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJScqa9jtyA&

 

The Strange Life of the Author of Mary Poppins

https://www.newstatesman.com/culture/2013/12/strange-life-creator-mary-poppins

 

The Trouble with the Real Mary Poppins

https://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/2013/12/the-trouble-with-the-real-mary-poppins/

 

WEEK 4 – December 23-31: Mary Poppins Comes Back and Mary Poppins Returns

 

Live Chat:

 

No live chat this week due to Christmas Eve and Christmas being so busy

 

Readings:

 

Costume Designer Sandy Powell’s Magic Touch on Mary Poppins Returns

https://www.mpaa.org/2018/12/costume-designer-sandy-powell-mary-poppins-returns/

 

The First Mary Poppins Was Super Important to the Cast and Crew of Mary Poppins Returns

https://www.cinemablend.com/news/2461421/the-first-mary-poppins-was-super-important-to-the-cast-and-crew-of-mary-poppins-returns

 

How Mary Poppins Returns Gave the Nanny a Practically Perfect Makeover

https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2018/12/mary-poppins-returns-movie-julie-andrews

 

How Mary Poppins Returns Recreates and Reinvents Familiar Costumes and Sets

https://www.slashfilm.com/mary-poppins-returns-costumes/

 

How Mary Poppins’ Style Returns to the Big Screen With a Practically Perfect New Twist

https://www.eonline.com/news/997447/how-mary-poppins-style-returned-to-the-big-screen-with-a-practically-perfect-new-twist

 

How Production Designer John Myhre Brought the Set of Mary Poppins Returns to Life

https://ohmy.disney.com/news/2018/11/12/john-myhre-mary-poppins-returns/

 

How Rob Marshall Made Mary Poppins Sing Again

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/how-rob-marshall-made-mary-poppins-sing-again

 

In Mary Poppins Returns, Lin Manuel Miranda Arrives as a Movie Musical Star

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment/la-et-mn-mary-poppins-returns-lin-manuel-miranda-20181217-story.html

 

Mary Poppins Returns Costume Designer Created 448 Original Looks for the Characters

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/how-mary-poppins-returns-costume-designer-brought-nostalgic-style-1163306

 

Mary Poppins Returns is Derivative, but Charming

https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2018/12/mary-poppins-returns-review-emily-blunt-sequel-disney/578410/

 

Mary Poppins Returns, in Splendor

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/12/mary-poppins-returns-movie-review-delightful/

 

Mary Poppins Returns: Why Julie Andrews Turned Down a Cameo

https://variety.com/2018/film/awards/mary-poppins-returns-julie-andrews-1203065856/

 

Videos:

 

Can You Imagine That? Song Clip

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHnhBv32udY

 

Mary Poppins Returns: Behind the Scenes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFTkUMQ5xjs

 

Mary Poppins Returns Trailer

https://trailers.apple.com/trailers/disney/mary-poppins-returns/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3jsfXDZLIY

 

Emily Blunt on Why Mary Poppins is So Extraordinary

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-0jwdDm6_0

 

Emily Blunt and Lin Manuel Miranda Share Everything About Mary Poppins Returns

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXR0wLaVNY4

 

Nowhere To Go But Up (Song)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oM-A38vXmvI

 

Rediscovering a Disney Icon

https://makeupmag.com/rediscovering-a-disney-icon/

 

Trip a Little Light Fantastic (Song)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02EJjGGE3mc

 

Underneath the Lovely London Sky (Song)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVBcbkWdHHE

 

 

Homework:

 

Write a blog post with your thoughts on the movies, the songs, and the Mary Poppins books. What was it like to re-experience them, if applicable? Would you like to see the third Mary Poppins book filmed too?

http://www.lovelylivinguniversity.com/profiles/blog/new

 

Extra Credit:

 

Designing a Depression-Era London Dipped in Reality

https://www.indiewire.com/2018/12/mary-poppins-returns-designing-a-depression-era-london-dipped-in-reality-1202026919/

 

Emily Blunt on Daunting Task of Playing Mary Poppins

https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2018/12/12/arts/ap-us-film-mary-poppins-returns-emily-blunt.html

 

Emily Blunt’s Mary Poppins is as Magical and Mysterious as Ever

https://www.npr.org/2018/12/18/677643146/in-mary-poppins-returns-emily-blunt-re-imagines-an-icon-shes-a-mystery

 

ScreenTimes: Mary Poppins Returns

https://www.timestalks.com/talks/screentimes-mary-poppins-returns/

 

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