Author: michaelgriffith1

I am a university teacher in Sydney Australia. I am passionate about using blogging and internet technologies to stimulate creative responses in my students towards the literature they are studying.

Nineteenth Century Blogs Fourth and Final Topics: Week 10

Please remember that you are permitted to create your own blog topics on subjects related to what we have been studying – if these topics don’t suit! Tolstoy: The Death of Ivan Illych & Master and Man Tolstoy brings us to one of the high points of 19th Century Literature. He explores with such uncompromising depth,…

Best Blogs 19th Century Literature 2021- Round 1!

Excellent Peer Reviews: It will be noted that reviews that suggest improvement are well received and have in fact led to improvement in subsequent blogs. Allow some space for your peer to improve- no one’s work is perfect! An excellent peer review, that combines support, insight and gentle recommendations for improvement= thank you Sarah Saud:…

Blog 3 Nineteenth Century Literature Week 8 2021

Victorianism Thomas Carlyle the great Victorian historian, close friend of Charles Dickens wrote these wonderful words which have been carved in stone in the foyer to the Mitchell ( State Library) in Sydney. For those of us studying Romanticism, Charles Dickens and Victorianism, these words have a special resonance. They remind us (in this forgetful digital age) of how important…

The Late Romantic Period: Blog Topics for your Second Blog (includes NSW Art Gallery Visit)

Take this opportunity to write about something that has really touched your imagination in the last few weeks, or that has ignited your interest in our visit to the Romantic and Victorian Halls of the NSW Art Gallery on April 14th. Remember you are permitted to create your own topic as long as it falls…

The Wonderful World of Blogging in the Twentieth Century Literature Unit for 2020

Congratulations to All of You for Creating such Wonderful Readable Responses to the Wide Range of Questions posted Each Week: Blogging has become a powerful transformative aspect of literary teaching that enables students to not only connect creatively with the energies of the writers that they love, but also to share their own intimate connection…

Short Stories by Alice Walker and Tim Winton

What a wonderful closing session we had to day with Ian, Wei, Ben, Jimmy, Rosanna and myself, discussing the themes and ideas in these two powerful stories by two of the world’s best contemporary story tellers: African American Alice Walker and Australian surfer Tim Winton. Listen in to the lecture here: https://acu.zoom.us/rec/share/3re0teYtVLro_wVO_pEFHXf24Mn41U_6O7wlP-CtIO2KsB3rGoDXNbIZxLOQGspe.j7nC9tPHvl9qtr4I And here is…

Short Stories by Kate Chopin and Henry Lawson!

So today is our second week of work on the genre of Prose Fiction and these two authors exemplify a range of techniques and express a variety of themes. Check out our White-Board Discussion file below and listen in to the video lecture that we all enjoyed on Zoom: https://acu.zoom.us/rec/share/1zX6rvpN10xtJRTm0tD6dvw_edRsGOchid6UNB8CeDCfOs5L2GfKZhrTZV4aOGU.H-lrA_IfSK11zYDR

Lecture on our Art Gallery Visit, linking literary texts to some of the paintings.

Click here to listen and watch. Here are some great insights by our students on their experience of the art works viewed together with reflections on literary texts inspired by the paintings or vice versa: https://acu.zoom.us/rec/share/4rcmWfNrB2A5ch5jpqhm51RZ5VYoaLbltRNWxoC7vX5pgjlKSnmhCGXdRDFuz4dd.y4-SwbRXnes4ajYG We also on this day began discussing the prose that we will be exploring over the next few weeks.…

Concluding Blog Topics for 20th Century Literature 2020

We have started exploring some of the work of those writers who challenge the tyranny of English culture on their own lives, while at the same time demonstrating their passionate commitment to English as an expressive medium. What a paradox! We have found this in M.Nourbese Philip and now in James Joyce. We are going…

Mission Australia/ Clemente/ Art Gallery Visit 8th October 2020: How does understanding the visual arts deepen my understanding of the way literature communicates its experiences, its stories…. ??

Audio Recording of our walk round the gallery: Here are the art works that we explored. Look at these along with the audio above:

Some Fabulous Posts from Students working on Twentieth Century Literature in 2020 the year of Covid 19

These students, many of them bound to their home/bedroom offices since March 2020 are working passionately on their literary understanding. These blogs show a heightened creativity in times of crisis and reveal a wonderful range of experiences triggered by their reading of early twentieth century authors. What comes through very strongly is the extent to…

Hamlet for Clemente (Mission Australia Students 2020) Week 2.

Please find here the annotated pages from the Shakespeare School Shakespeare which is the set text for these students. You will be able to help your students more effectively if you familiarize yourself with these pages. Each week the relevant documents will be posted here, as will the recordings of their 2 hour class. As…

T.S.Eliot, literary modernism and the quest for meaning.

T.S.Eliot, right from the start of his career was a passionate seeker for truth. This expressed itself in the metaphor of the journey which runs right through his whole work from “Prufrock” through to “The Four Quartets”. What truth was Eliot seeking? He was clearly living at a time of universal fragmentation, immediately after the…

ENGL104 Clemente Introduction to Literature August 2020

Here are the slides and the recording for this week’s lecture. The recording is a little frustrating to listen to because you will only be able to hear my side of the conversation. From next week I will be posting up the video version of our sessions (with student permission) and you will then be…

creativity in time of war

Today we broached the world of Siegfried Sassoon, Wilfred Owen and Rupert Brooke. The focus was on the way the English language became transformed during this period with the direct impact of the horrors of the First World War. The jingoistic idealism of Rupert Brooke was kicked out by the hard hitting, grating, consonantal observation…

Coronavirus perceived through the filter of Hamlet or Ophelia!

Students studying Shakespeare this semester have been asked to write a response to the global situation as perceived by Hamlet or Ophelia. This has led to some extraordinarily creative and heart filled descriptions of global condition from the perspective of our 2020 university students. Enjoy: Thank you Alexandra: https://s00240376.wordpress.com/2020/03/15/to-you-with-love-ophelia/ To you, with love-Ophelia March 15, 2020The…

The Winter’s Tale 2020

This is one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays that brings into focus the talent that enabled him to show the world how art could be redemptive. This is the story of chaos created by human emotions (jealousy in particular here) and the way that art can be an agent in resolving some of the pain created…

The Victorian Age

Today we began exploring the period between 1837 and 1901. This was a time of huge industrial expansion and a widening rift between those who had everything and those who had nothing. This lecture explores the way these concerns was expressed in the literature of the age. Audio Recording: Lecture for Week 8: Audio: NEW…

Hamlet Lecture Week 4

Hello All, well this is the beginning of our totally on-line teaching for Shakespeare. And we begin with a short video (myself lecturing you from home) and from there we will turn to audio focussing more closely on the key sections of the play. Having worked through all these pieces, keep your ears and eyes…

ENGL104 Week 2: Introductions and Bell Shakespeare’s Hamlet at the Opera House!

Today we began with introductions from everyone in the class. So great to meet you all: Stephen, Patricia, Mei(Wei?), Glen, Ken, Alan, Brendan, Branko, Benjamin, Gretta, Ian, David, Michael, Jimmy and Bert! From there we went into a brief introduction to the difference between the three main genres of literature: drama, poetry and prose. From…

Week 3 Shakespeare Audio

This week the lecture moved from a consideration of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 146 and its relevance to Hamlet through to a survey of how the language of drama is a very specific literary genre and how, in the case of Shakespeare, it embraces ALL the genres. Enjoy! First Blog Topic- Questions: 1/Post a review of your…

Updated my Literature and Life Site.

Hoping you all enjoy this update of my WordPress Web/Blog site. I have now created separate pages for all the various activities in which I am engaged, from University Teaching, through to Extra-Mural (off campus teaching), through to leading contemplative pilgrimages, through to enjoying the wilderness around Sydney. Enjoy all the new content and links…