Victorianism and Charles Dickens

What a fabulous week to be able to jump in and explore all those amazing connections between the Victorian Age and Sydney our home city: The Queen Victoria Building, Victoria Road, Albert Road, The Palace Gardens… the list goes on. And it is important to stress that Sydney actually grew into a city exactly in the Victorian age. So any early pictures of Sydney will show exactly what the world was like during this time.

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Hi all,

Blog topics for this week provide an awesome opportunity to display your critical and creative talents.

CREATIVE

Write a paragraph describing your own city or suburb using some of the literary language techniques that we have seen working in Charles Dickens.

CRITICAL

Write a brief critical appraisal of what you think Dickens’s main complaints are about Coketown- from the passage we explored in tutorials today.

CREATIVE

Write a letter to Queen Victoria alerting her to the fact that her railway carriage does nothing to help the poorer classes love her as a queen.

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CRITICAL

Explore the site The Victorian Web and provide your reader with a few insights into how this site can deepen our understanding of what motivated Dickens to write.

CREATIVE

You are a belligerent student in Mr Gradgrind’s classroom. In a short, punchy paragraph tell Mr Gradgrind exactly what you think of his teaching methods.

CRITICAL

Those of you with some knowledge of Education history write a short paragraph stating whether you think Dickens’s picture of the mid-nineteenth Century classroom is exaggerated or is true to what was happening at the time.

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CREATIVE/CRITICAL

Create your own Critical or Creative topic building on the insights from this week’s class.

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