The Beats, New York School, Postmodernism

What an amazing day we have had exploring, interrogating this group of poets and artists. Perhaps top of the list comes Patti Smith who gigantically carries forward the subversive, passionate impulse of Ginsberg, Kerouac, O’Hara and Ashberry. Here she is singing her heart out, challenging all the heartless stereotypes that infect contemporary America: https://youtu.be/LNnC8hYOmlw Blog Topics:…

David Malouf on Campus at Strathfield and at Mission Australia Surry Hills

ACU students both on and off campus had the real privilege today of interacting with David Malouf about The Conversations at Curlow Creek (Strathfield) and Remembering Babylon (Surry Hills). David was wonderfully generous both with his time and his responses and students in both locations were equally wonderful in their thoughtful preparation and deep questioning. Here are…

The Merchant of Venice with Bell Shakespeare and Clemente Students

Please find here the beginning of some useful resources for our study: Bell Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice (this is what we are going to see in a few weeks): https://www.bellshakespeare.com.au/whats-on/the-merchant-of-venice/ Review of Bell Shakepeare’s production (by the Australian Book Review): https://www.australianbookreview.com.au/abr-arts/4166-the-merchant-of-venice-bell-shakespeare Wikipedia’s overview: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Merchant_of_Venice Here also is the PDF of the Introduction and Act 1 of The Merchant…

Art Gallery Visit with Clemente Students: How Can Art Inform My Understanding of Literature?

Clemente Visit to the NSW Art Gallery 2017 ENGL104 Core Question: How Can Art Deepen Our Understanding Of Literature? BLOG TOPIC FOR THIS WEEK: Chose any ONE of the paintings (or art works) studied today. Describe the painting (or art work)  of your choice and say how this painting (or art work) has expanded your…

American Modernism

Hi All, today we had a saunter through the highways and byways of American Modernism, beginning with William Carlos Williams and ending with Charlie Chaplin. Chaplin’s parody of Adolf Hitler in The Great Dictator is one of the great modernist, linguistic deconstructions of political grandiosity. It is paralleled by Chaplin’s closing speech where, using an entirely different…

David Malouf – Remembering Babylon- again!

Hello All, please find in this blog ALL the recordings from the last two weeks. Here also is the white board image from yesterday’s class: Here are your instructions for getting to the NSW Art Gallery for 2.30pm NEXT WEDNESDAY: https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/visit-us/plan-your-visit/getting-here/ See you there next week! Enjoy!

Clemente Blog Addresses Spring 2017

Neil Campbell https://nineteenyearsinsideout.wordpress.com Josh Heilpern https://beinginthecreativezone.wordpress.com Ray Morgan https://raymorganblog.wordpress.com Ronan Parnell https://parnellpoetryoriginals.wordpress.com Adelaide Pascoe https://portamoreweb.wordpress.com Rima Pritchard https://rima309.wordpress.com Kyungshin Song https://kaysongblog.wordpress.com Yvette Whitty https://gingercat310.wordpress.com Patricia https://ninablog548.wordpress.com/ Colin Leong https://colin10100010.wordpress.com  

Francis Webb- the most unjustly neglected poet of the 20th Century (Herbert Read)

We have just spent 2 weeks exploring a huge range of Francis Webb’s poetry, from his earliest “Images in Winter” through to his last, magnificent “Nessun Dorma”. In between we have looked at his fascination with Australian exploration in Eyre All Alone and have studied his response to inmates in the hospital in which he was…

Australian Colonialism Part 2: Republicanism, Feminism, Federation and beyond…

Today we looked at Ada Cambridge, Barbara Baynton, Dame Mary Gilmore, Henry Lawson, Banjo Paterson and on and on…. what an extraordinary cast of voices from this period that celebrated Australian independence from England both thematically and linguistically… the opening sentences of “The Drover’s Wife” show beautifully how Lawson has transitioned the language and themes…

Patrick White Part 2

The focus on this week’s lecture was on the question of Patrick White’s religious outlook. His novel certainly makes many references to things that may be seen as spiritual or sacred, but he also gives conventional religion a rather scathing treatment, especially in the closing scenes of the novel where Stan Parker identifies God in…

Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson

The father and mother of American poetry! That is what this pair have been called; see Ginsberg, along with Sharon Olds and Galway Kinnell singing their praises: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2M5O3_FYB4A This week we have explored “Song of Myself”, “The Brooklyn Ferry” and a host of poems by Emily Dickinson. The present such an astonishing difference in life-style and…

Reading Australia Week 4

  Thank you all today for your keen participation in this adventure. Reading Australia clearly has a number of connotations. Does it mean the Australian books we read, or does it mean the way that artists and writers “read” their country. In other words what attitudes, values, emotions colour the way they see the world.…

That Dead Man Dance

Hi All, I trust you are making good headway with That Dead Man Dance! This is a wonderfully relevant novel to Australia today with its still unresolved relationship to its indigenous inhabitants.  I was struck especially by an article that was written yesterday about the statue of Captain Cook by Stan Grant: I passed by Hyde…

Transcendentalism Week 3

This week Jess Brooks gave a wonderful exposition of the richness of the transcendentalists in 19th Century America. These clearly are a key to understanding later developments in American Literature, especially its spirituality and its search for authenticity in human experience. Emerson and Thoreau were the central focus of her presentation; both the lecture and…

Awakening the Sacred in Australian Literature and Art- Keynote Address 8th July 2017

Please find in this blog the audio recording of the keynote address given by Michael Griffith at the Awakening the Sacred conference held at ACU on July 7/8 2017. You can find details about the conference here: http://www.acu.edu.au/staff/our_university/newsroom/staff_news_item/awakening_the_sacred_in_literature_and_the_arts Here is the audio of the keynote: And here are the images that accompanied the talk: Awakening the…

Spring Semester 2017: Wild flowers are OUT in the bush around Sydney.

Hello and welcome to all students in my Australian Literature (ENGL102), Reading Australia (ENGL328), American Literature (ENGL204) and Exploring Literature- Clemente (ENGL104). A special welcome to this last group who will be studying literature for the first time at Mission Australia in Surry Hills. These are students who are completing a Diploma in Liberal Arts…

Best Nineteenth Century Literature ePortfolio/ Blogs

Hi All, the top four ePortfolios were produced by the following students. Click on their name to see their amazing contributions to the topic of how the literature of the Nineteenth Century (Romanticism and Victorianism) still contributes to our lives in the 21st Century. A round of applause for: Felicity McManus Joey O’Reilly Jessica Welford…

“Awakening the Sacred: through Literature, the Arts and the Arts of Meditation” Conference July 7/8 2017

Please click on this link to read the latest article on this amazing conference with Laurence Freeman OSB and Miriam-Rose Ungenmerr and a link to the registration page: http://www.eremos.org.au/events/27_May/awakening-the-sacred-conference

Shakespeare’s The Tempest

This is Shakespeare’s most imaginative and meaningful piece of theatre.  Today we began watching the Globe Theatre’s amazing recent production starring Roger Allam. This production takes you into the heart of the Globe Theatre and presents the play as close as one can imagine to how it would have appeared in Shakespeare’s own time. See…

12th Night and Shakespeare’s Sonnets

What a wonderful gift to have Professor Barry Spurr gracing us with his extraordinarily insightful lecture on Shakespeare’s Sonnets. Barry provided a rich intellectual context for seeing how Shakespeare’s sonnets (and plays), emanating from an author with a middle-class background, were deeply subversive of the hierarchy in England and also of the Italian influence. It…

Ben Jonson, Thomas More, Roger Ascham, Thomas Hoby (Castiglione), Philip Sidney, Mary Wroth, Francis Bacon: Humanism…

What a wail of a day we have had coursing through this amazing gallery of Renaissance delights! Ben Jonson’s wonderful poems about his dinner table and the reading he supplies for his guests- and then his savage poem about eating too much “On Guts” : Gut eats all day, and lechers all the night…. Lust…