Part-time Professor

1980 – PhD, English Literature, University of Toronto
1972 – MA, English Literature, University of Toronto
1971 – BA, English Literature, University of Waterloo

Room: MHN 340
Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 1216
Work E-mail: leslie.sheldon@uOttawa.ca

Leslie E. Sheldon


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University degrees

1980 – PhD, English Literature, University of Toronto 
1972 – MA, English Literature, University of Toronto 
1971 – BA, English Literature, University of Waterloo

Professional honours

2003 – Elected Fellow, Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)

Recent positions

1994-2003 – Director, English Language Teaching Division (Retired) 
University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, UK)

2001-2002 – Invited Professor/ Professeur invité 
University of Ottawa (Sabbatical Appointment)

1984-1995 – Director, International Division (Main Board Position) 
Pitman Education & Training Group Ltd. (London, U.K.)

Fields of interest & ongoing research

  • Herman Melville (in particular, Herman Melville’s artistic response to Paradise Lost in Moby-DickTypee and Billy Budd)

John Milton (Satan-as-artist & demonic narrative in Paradise Lost)

The use of ICT (Information Communication Technology) in the teaching of literature and foreign languages

Selected recent publications


SHELDON, L. The Illimitable Ocean: Melville’s Artistic Response to Paradise Lost. Peter Lang (in progress).

SHELDON, L. (2002), Ed. English for Academic Purposes: Directions for the Future. Peter Lang: 2004.

Book chapters

SHELDON, L. (2004). “Messianic Power and Satanic Decay in Moby-Dick. In Melville and Milton, edited by Robin Grey. Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press, 25-46.

SHELDON, L. (2000). “Limitations of the New: Problems in the use of PCs in English for Academic Purposes”. In EAP Learning Technologies, edited by Peter Howarth and Rupert Herington. Leeds: Leeds University Press, 9-15.

Journal articles

SHELDON, L. (2002) “Messianic Power and Satanic Decay in Moby-Dick”,Leviathan, Volume 4, No. 1,

Papers in refereed conference proceedings

2002 – Altered from a genuine original’: Miltonic influences in Moby-Dick”, Seventh International Milton Symposium (Beaufort, South Carolina), 4-8 June 2002.

2002 – Back to the Future: traditional issues in English for Academic Purposes”, Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics Conference (Toronto), 25-28 May 2002.

2001 – “Through a Glass Darkly: Constraint and Possibility in the Impact of ICT on ESL Methodology”. (Invited Speaker) TESL Ontario Conference (Toronto), 22-24 November 2001.

2001 – “New Technology: Commonsense or Innovation?” (Keynote Speaker). Russian Academy of Sciences International Conference (Novosibirsk, Siberia), 5-7 June 2001.


SHELDON, L. (2002). Review of Representing Revolution in Milton and His ContemporariesMilton Quarterly, 36, 55-56.

SHELDON, L. (2002). Review of The Cambridge History of the English Language . Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics , 5, 116.

SHELDON, L. (2001). Review of The Internet. TESOL Quarterly, Autumn 2001.


“Secrets of Cuba’s last Yank tanks”. The Times (14 August 1999), 49. 
“From Russia...with love?”. Classic American, 91(October 1998), 47-49.
“Last resting place of the Soviet’s stolen supercars”. The Times (4 July 1998), 47 & 49. 
“Latvian car museum reveals Stalinist silliness”. The Toronto Star (26 September 1998), G30.

Recent courses taught

ENG2120 The Mystery Novel 
ENG2140 Literature & Film 
ENG3133 Elizabethan Shakespeare 
ENG3134 Jacobean Shakespeare 
ENG3317 Spenser & Milton 
ENG3320 Modern British Literature

Leisure interests

  • antique electronics
  • astrophotography
  • classic car restoration
  • Jackson & Mars (our two puppies)
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