Celebration of 20th Century Blogs: Century of “Innerness” in Literature and the Arts.


In this unit we explored writers and artists beginning with English Gerard Manley Hopkins right through to Trinidadian M. Nourbese Philip. The focus has been on the way writers and artists in the 20th Century have been trying to use their medium to break through the mirroring surface of things to the depths below, where the bedrock of truth may be found. And this quest was being carried out in a time where that bedrock of truth was being mercilessly buried by politics, war and, as D.H. Lawrence called it “the unspeakable brutality of the press”.  So we have a clutch of wonderful ACU students who have been producing reflections on their 20th Century Literature experiences in their blogs. Enjoy these fruits:

Hear how Amber explores how 20th Century authors display a strong interest in the “innerness” of a person and at the same time are deeply interested in the way that language shapes our reality and helps us to understand it.  Thank you Amber Hunt Hunt: https://amberhunt397174316.wordpress.com/2018/10/19/engl202-summative-entry/comment-page-1

From Elora-Beth: https://cardiophobicspokenword.wordpress.com/2018/10/19/my-eportfolio-2/: “The blogs were my favourite component of this unit. I loved having the opportunity to express my own ideas, reflections and creativity through this medium. I also found that it was a fantastic way to engage actively with the literature in this unit, it forced me to be attentive, to develop an opinion and to think with a creative lens.”

Thank you Greg Coustas for your Reflections on the Place of the English Language in your life: https://gregcoustasblog.wordpress.com/2018/10/12/week-10-blog-the-effect-of-english-on-my-life/

There were several wonderful pieces that reflected on English and other languages as part of growing-up experiences. Here is Chloe’s piece which triggered her awareness of how her mother tongue helped to create her identity. Thank you Chloe for opening up so much about your mother language. This really helps to amplify the themes we were exploring in the last weeks of semester:  https://chloesblogs9898.wordpress.com/2018/10/12/week-10-my-multilingual-family/
Here also is Chloe’s powerful summative entry commenting on how the literature has impacted her understanding and appreciation of life: https://chloesblogs9898.wordpress.com/2018/10/19/summative-entry-twentieth-century/

Here is Anna Vella’s: Malta Against All Odds- Grandparents in the 2nd world war:  https://annavellablog.wordpress.com/category/20th-century-literature/best-critical-blog/

Thank you Anthony Young for your reflections on how 20th C Literature has expanded the meaning of existence. https://anthonyyoungshakespearerichardiiicriticalblog.wordpress.com/2018/10/17/20th-century-summative-entry/

Thank you Jacob Hall for your comparison between Beckett’s Waiting of Godot and Seinfeld (not sure I agree with his conclusions but…. : https://jacobhall1246063530.wordpress.com/2018/09/23/the-show-about-nothing-and-no-its-not-seinfeld/

Thank you Jaimie Bonsell… for your piece in the style of George Orwell-  what you did to prevent yourself looking a like fool: https://jaimiebonsallblog.wordpress.com/2018/10/05/i-often-wondered-whether-any-of-the-others-grasped-that-i-had-done-it-solely-to-avoid-looking-a-fool-20th-century-literature/

Thank you Jaye for this wonderful entry on the Anzacs and for this amazing Ekphrastic poem: https://lackadaisyliterature.wordpress.com/2018/08/21/blog-1-on-passing-the-anzacs/


Thank you Izabela Georgievska for this powerful  entry on T.S. Eliot and Time:  https://bellablogs98.wordpress.com/2018/10/19/week-7-my-reflection-on-time-and-life-as-a-journey/

And to add to this here is  Julia’s reflections on time also  inspired by T.S. Eliot: https://juliaelazzi.wordpress.com/2018/09/14/to-make-an-end-is-to-make-a-beginning/

Here finally is Jackson Eagles short but highly effective dissection of that amazing painting we all saw at the NSW Art Gallery Grayson’s Map of Truths and Beliefs: https://jeaglesblog.wordpress.com/2018/08/31/blog-post-round-4/.

Thank you Eagles!



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