Welcome to Blogging in Australian Literature 2021 (Unit ENGL231 at ACU)

Hi All, Chose any of the topics listed below,  or create a topic of your own – as long as it is in some way connected to the themes of our unit so far.

Remember you are permitted to include personal reflections alongside your literary reflections or creations. But you must try to write as coherently and as grammatically accurate as you can. Always edit your work before your final posting. If you use any images (other than your own photographs) please also give the source link. If you use any text other than your own please also give the source.

Enjoy your blogging this semester and make your blogs as visually and textually interesting as you can. Remember to have a look at the criteria for this activity in your unit outline (after the detailed description of Assignment 1). Also scroll the APPENDICES which gives you more detailed task description and also asks you to keep in mind the focal topic for this unit:

How does Australian Literature help me to understand what I need for my own life to flourish?

Remember also the minimum word length requirements for Blogs (200) and Peer reviews (100). This is not meant to restrict your creative enthusiasm, but is a guideline. At all events well written, concise work is often much better than long-winded, rambling and poorly edited constructions…

Here are your topics for your first Blog

1/ Create your own topic that has grown out of your reading and interests in the literature and literary contexts that have been opened up in the first few weeks of the unit.

2/ Write a brief appreciation of the opening chapters of Tara Winch’s The Yield. Can you specify, from your close reading, what makes her writing distinctive and why you think her writing has won her so many awards.

3/ Choose one of the Indigenous authors that has been introduced to you; choose one of her/his poems and express why you think this particular author has struck a chord with you.

4/ What impact has watching the video link to the “Uluru Statement of the Heart”  made on you? Did you know anything about this before or is this totally new? https://ulurustatement.org/the-statement

5/ Either a) Write your own poem responding to one of the the issues addressed in Romaine Morton’s “Genocide is Never Justified” (1394) Or b) Present in prose, your reactions to the implications of this poem.

6/ Write a strongly worded case as to why Australian and particularly Indigenous literature should be taught at schools and universities.

Boronia Ledifolia being hit by first light at sunrise…. Kuring-gai Chase….

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