Welcome to Literature 2008

Hello all -many of you again! We are in for a fabulous semester of Literature whether you are in first, second or third year. What a feast we have in store: Literature an Introduction; the amazing 19th Century and the awe-inspiring Age of Shakespeare. I hope you all like the new, more free and easy…

End of Semester 07

Thank you all for a fabulous semester in Australian Literature, Twentieth Century Literature and William Blake: The Visionary Imagination. I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching you all and wish you well for the remainder of the year. Good luck with your exams and I look forward to seeing all returning students next year. Those of you…

Bush Bash thanks to George W. Bush

I, my friend Graeme and my son David had a fabulous bush walk into new territory on the APEC (oops OPEC) holiday just gone. We wandered into the Marramarra National Park between Wisemans Ferry and Arcadia. An amazingly undisturbed tract of bush full of rare wild flowers- some that I have never seen before. The…

George Orwell in the News Today

George Orwell- one of the greatest figures in modern literature- has a message that is still deeply threatening to those in power who try to control people’s opinions about anything. Orwell has strategies to make us think, to make us see, to see the difference between truth and lies. So I was fascinated to see…

Spring Day in The Bush

What a wonderful spring day last Sunday. Father’s day and my son took me and his three kids (my grandkids) to the Muogamarra Nature Reserve. The word “M..” is Aboriginal for “preserve for the future”. The reserve is only open for 6 weekends a year at the start of spring and the wild-flowers there are…

Films worth seeing!

I had the good fortune to find time to see two excellent films this weekend, both having a direct bearing on the literature I have been teaching in these last weeks. First there was Michael Moore’s “Sicko” which gives a terrifying glimpse of the way American Imperialism is leaching the wealth of its own people:…

LiveJournal in the Spring 2007

Welcome back everyone to another season of LiveJournal… this time with a difference, more structure, less stress, but still all the possibilities of creative innovation at your fingertips. I am looking forward to seeing how you handle the questions you have been given and how you interact with each other. Please send me your URLs…

Week 10 Ideas for LiveJournal

The new system of LiveJournal Academic Assistants is now in full swing. You should all be visited by your LJAA very soon. Once you have been visited you can ask them questions and get the advice you need. The whole LJ experience will, I am sure, get a powerful lift through this process. And remember…

Another Amazing Poem!

If you want to see someone else’s amazing poetic creation- this one using animated, kinetic imagery then check out Rebecca Isgrove’s offering (Second year student) at: http://rebeccaisgrove.livejournal.com/2417.html?view=4977#t4977- you will need to click on her electronic text icon. If you are not on her friend’s list click here: http://www.rebeccaisgrove.com/hypertext1.html She is happy to share her “secret”…

Week 9 Literature at ACU

A heady week for us all. In first year we finished off our poetry segment and explored some wonderful short poems that gave a real taste of the huge differences in poetic language between one poet and the next. I especially enjoyed exploring Gary Snyder’s “Mid-August at Sourdough Mountain Lookout”. This is where Gary Snyder…

Suggestions for Week 8

Year 1: those that hung around for the last half hour of the lecture (ho-hum!): try finishing the poem you started inspired by William Carlos Williams poem about the number 5. For others… and for all… in the light of what we have learnt today about imagism and about the critical importance of the form…

First Year LiveJournal Entries- Take 1

Hi First Years: here are a few thoughts about your progress in LiveJournal since the beginning of semester. Most of you have now mastered the tasks of uploading and of making your LiveJournal look visually interesting. Some of you are still to learn the “art” of uploading images into your LJ. Images can really support…

Suggestions for Week 7 LJ Entries

First years: you could develop any one of those poems/ prose pieces that you started writing on Friday in class: the Ekphrastic poems…. if, for whatever reason you missed the class this week, you could write a commentary on Mirikitani’s “Breaking Tradition” the poem that we all spent some really good time on in tutorials.…

Suggestions for Week5/6 LJ Entries

Hi all… Easter is almost upon us so we need to tidy up our Live Journals in ready for the first “inspection”…. hope that you have all found the experience challenging and satisfying. I must say there have been some fantastic breakthroughs in terms of what students have been doing in LiveJournal across all years.…

Week 4 Teaching

One quarter of the way through semester! And we have covered such amazing ground in four weeks. Let’s take a quick review: In first year: a clutch of the world’s greatest story tellers: Mena, Kafka, Parker, Cliff, Leyner – and along with this an exploration of how we as readers shape the meaning of the…

Great First Year LJ Blogs

I am going to keep an updated list here of some excellent first year LiveJournal Blogs as they come to hand. Please visit them, make friends, make comments and let’s keep the community growing and growing: For some wonderful stories, poems and comments take a look for starters at: http://suze-h.livejournal.com/ http://davidchadar.livejournal.com/ http://elisriture.livejournal.com/ http://aussielatina.livejournal.com/ http://peterjmw.livejournal.com/ http://davidoff22.livejournal.com/…

Year 2 ENGL200 19thC. Literature Art Gallery Visit: How Literary Themes Are Mirrored In Visual Art.

Thank you all for your enthusiastic attendance. We began with Brett Whitely- only because he is Romanticism re-incarnated in the late 20th Century. This amazing painting is called “Alchemy” – the ancient art of turning coarse matter into gold (symbolic of the spiritual domain)- and it is a painting of huge spiritual significance despite its…

Week 3 Teaching and ETC

Hi all- an amazing week all round. In first year we had the luxury of reading four fantastic stories: Katherine Mansfield’s “The Garden Party”, James Joyce’s “Araby”, Ernest Hemingway’s “Hills Like White Elephants” and Hanif Kureishi’s “Blue, Blue Pictures of You”. These represented Anglo/New Zealand, American/European, Irish and Anglo Pakistani perspectives. Talk about international literature!…

Welcome back to Uni everyone!!- and an International On-Line Conference on Blogging

In two weeks time we are all back together, cutting our teeth, brains and imaginations on fabulous literature… I am really looking forward to the journeys we have in store for us. For third year: the renaissance in England in the sixteenth century; for second year the nineteenth century and Romanticism; for first year an…

Welcome back to Uni everyone!!- and an International On-Line Conference on Blogging

In two weeks time we are all back together cutting our teeth, brains and imaginations on fabulous literature… I am really looking forward to the journeys we have in store for us. For third years: the renaissance in the sixteenth century in England; for second years the nineteenth century and Romanticism; for first years an…

Great News

And now for the great news that Anissa and John have both gained entry into our uni as a result of their work in the C program. Congratulations to you both! And George has gained entry into the CI to study Theology… so all the hard work put in by you all on those long…

Christmas Day in the 'Tanic Gardens

Some of the C “Sacred Australia” Group, together with some of the friends of “David’s House” gathered with me and my two daughters (Hannah and Helen) at the Botanic Gardens for a late Christmas Lunch. Here is the gathered community (minus Ted who went walkabout)[and remember to click 2 or 3 times on each image…

Christmas Day in the 'Tanic Gardens

Some of the C “Sacred Australia” Group, together with some of the friends of “David’s House” gathered with me and my two daughters (Hannah and Helen) at the Botanic Gardens for a late Christmas Lunch. Here is the gathered community (minus Ted who went walkabout)[and remember to click 2 or 3 times on each image…

Christmas Day in the ‘Tanic Gardens

Some of the C “Sacred Australia” Group, together with some of the friends of “David’s House” gathered with me and my two daughters (Hannah and Helen) at the Botanic Gardens for a late Christmas Lunch. Here is the gathered community (minus Ted who went walkabout)[and remember to click 2 or 3 times on each image…

Dress Rehearsal of Michael Gow's Away at Wahroonga

Yesterday (Sunday) our Cgroup (Sacred Australia) were invited to present their Christmas Play (Michael Gow’s Away) to the Quakers at their “Friends Meeting House” in Wahroonga. This was a wonderful occasion at which our drama group performed to a capacity crowd with the Wahroonga Bushland singing through the windows behind the stage: The Quakers were…

Dress Rehearsal of Michael Gow's Away at Wahroonga

Yesterday (Sunday) our Cgroup (Sacred Australia) were invited to present their Christmas Play (Michael Gow’s Away) to the Quakers at their “Friends Meeting House” in Wahroonga. This was a wonderful occasion at which our drama group performed to a capacity crowd with the Wahroonga Bushland singing through the windows behind the stage: The Quakers were…