Category: Twentieth

Twentieth Century Literature, the precursor to our own age is where we see the deepest questioning of all that goes by Civilisation.

Nation, Race and Language: “Wherever I hang my knickers – that’s my home.”

Today we explored a range of immigrant writers who either embraced the English Language totally (such as Chinua Achebe and Wole Soyinka), or those who enjoyed flaunting the creative powers of their own appropriation of English (such as Louise Bennett and Grace Nichols), finally to those such as M.Nourbese Philip who seemed to lament the loss…

George Orwell: The Creation of an Orwellian Backbone as a Way towards Purifying the Human Condition.

George Orwell who experienced the horrors of imperial exploitation when working as a police officer in Burma began then to think of ways in which he could challenge corruption in politics, indeed in all human affairs, using his gift of language. Language for Orwell was man’s most creative as well as his most destructive tool.…

Highlights from first cull of Twentieth Century Literature Blogs!

What a totally amazing collection of Blogs from students studying 20th Century Literature at ACU. There is such depth and variety in this swag of great entries. Congratulations to all of you – and to those who didn’t quite make this list. This is just to give you an idea of the riches I have…

Virginia Woolf & Katherine Mansfield

Today we explored the ways in which these two early 20th Century authors used their creative gifts to delve deep into their own consciousness into that of their characters. The two daughters in “The Daughters of the Late Colonel” suddenly find themselves freed from the patriarchal and imperialist shackles of their father and yet are unable…

Highlights from the first trawl through William Blake and the Visionary Imagination.

ACU Students in this unit have produced some awesome entries inspired by their reading of William Blake. Enjoy some of these wonderfully creative expositions of Blake’s continuing relevance to our own times: Johanna Powers description of Blake’s human qualities: https://johannapower.wordpress.com/2016/08/23/week-4-blog-post/ Caitlyn Tuckerman on Job’s Nightmares https://caitlyntuckerman.wordpress.com/2016/09/06/jobs-nightmare/#comments Jesse Ocsan– tales of Experience: the ambulance man. https://ocsanj.wordpress.com/2016/08/23/week-3-tale-of-experience/…

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

On Friday this week we had the wonderful opportunity to listen to Professor Barry Spurr (recently retired from his Chair of Poetry and Poetics at Sydney University) who came to enlighten us about “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” and “The Waste Land”. Professor Spurr’s lecture was astonishingly rich in its detailed contextualisation of…

Manifesto & Modernism

  The creator of the Video art work Manifesto Julian Rosefeldt was asked (in the last essay in the book Manifesto): … are these old manifestos relevant today? He answered: Absolutely. And not just relevant, but also visionary… We’re well advised, therefore to read artist manifestos as seismographs of their age. (seismograph= an instrument that measures and records details…

Poetry of the First World War

Today we broached the world of Siegfried Sassoon, Wilfred Owen, Edward Thomas 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,…

The Early Twentieth Century

Blog Topics for Week 3 – Based on Weeks One and Two The Early Twentieth Century- Gerard Manley Hopkins & Joseph Conrad Chose any one topic for this week. Be creative, concise and edit your work carefully! Enjoy 1/ Take the first line of any one of Hopkins’ poems and write your own poem celebrating…

BEST ePortfolio/Blogs SPRING 2015

Hello All, I want to share with you this amazing list of the best ePortfolio/blogs produced by ACU students during the second half of 2015. For their ePortfolios they had to showcase their best Creative and Critical Blogs, their Peer Reviews of others in the group, and they had to answer a broad question on…

Language, Race and Culture : 2

Marlene Nourbes Philip and Salman Rushdie are both committed to expressing the ways in which writers can express freedom through both embracing aspects of the culture they are living in and holding onto the narratives, the modes of thinking of their own cultures. Marlene in her “Discourse on the Logic of Language” powerfully dramatizes the…

George Orwell Language and Politics

The key question we explored today was the link between Orwell’s view of the corruption of language in his essay “Politics and the English Language” and his tirade against the forces deliberately corrupting language in his dystopian novel 1984. Is there any kind of link between Orwell’s observations about the uses and abuses of language in these two…

William Blake in Sydney: Blake’s “Job” in the NSW Art Gallery; Brett Whiteley’s “Grain of Sand” in Surry Hills.

What a fabulous connection was made today with creative genius at its source in William Blake’s (1828) original engravings for The Book of Job (1828)  at the Art Gallery of NSW and in Brett Whiteley’s creative masterpiece Alchemy (1971-1972), displayed in the actual Studio occupied by Brett Whiteley during the last years of his life: So it…

Francis Webb Commemorative Reading of his Poetry- this Saturday 12 September, 2015.

Hi all, this Saturday afternoon, if you live near Chatswood you might take yourselves off up to the Willoughby Library where there is a special commemorative event on the poet Francis Webb. I will be leading off the readings and discussions since I am the biographer of Francis Webb and have been asked to say…

And now for the Grand Finale (of this first trawl through Literature Blogs)!

Please find here links to the best third year blogs. These students, most in their third year of literature, are studying “The Visionary Imagination” with a focus on William Blake, Patrick White and David Malouf. Let’s hear a round of applause for the following stars all who got full, or close to full marks!! Emma…

Twentieth Century Week 5: Modernism and Contemporary Art, NSW Art Gallery.

Thank you all for making our visit purposeful and entertaining. It always amazes me how many connection we can find together between the literature and the art of any particular period. Most amazing was that work by the Indian artist Jitish Kallat “Public Notice 2” (2007) that filled both sides of the main entrance hall to the gallery.…

Most Promising First Year Blogs

HI All, here are links to the most promising first year (Oz Lit) Blogs. Enjoy some of this amazing creativity! https://morganjessie.wordpress.com/ https://annemariedimarco.wordpress.com/ https://benbotella.wordpress.com https://lauranema1.wordpress.com/ https://amarienguyen.wordpress.com https://asiyatrad.wordpress.com/ https://caitlyntuckerman.wordpress.com https://ninarwalker.wordpress.com

Mistah Kurtz- he dead.

We had really good conversations today on the question of whether Conrad was a racist or not. Your thoughts seemed very much in the balance on this question. But I think the answer lies somewhere in the middle. His main focus is on the “Darkness” at the heart of contemporary civilisation with its exploitative cast…

Welcome to Spring Semester, students in: Oz Lit, Twentieth Century & Visionary Blake

l am very much looking forward to working with you all in these three fabulous units. Oz Lit (otherwise known as Australian Literature) will take us on an amazing tour of the creativity produced in this, our, country over the past 200 years and more… Twentieth Century will engage us with the literature from around…