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Preliminary Extension Module: Texts, Culture and Value, 'The Madwoman in the Attic' - How has she been Appropriated?

This brief unit outline considers the concept of appropriation in relation to the representation of the 'madwoman' in Jane Eyre . Numerous related texts and resources are suggested.

Taking on the International Baccalaureate

IB structure is explained with one school’s interpretation of this into a meaningful English program, using Anita Desai’s book Clear Light of Day for detailed study. The worksheet includes novel stud...

Displaced persons: A thematic unit for Stage 4

This unit considers displaced people , particularly teenagers and the immigration issues that are debated in Australia and across the world.

Speculative Fiction: a genre study using inquiry based learning

Ilona Mc Lean uses a guided inquiry process to lead to more effective creative writing in stage 4.

Seeing Frankenstein and Blade Runner through different eyes

Mel Dixon traces the motif of eyes in Frankenstein and Blade Runner and shows how a close reading lends itself to a contextual comparison.

Fay and Jane: good farmers’ wives?

Connections between Pride and Prejudice and Fay Weldon’s Letters to Alice give students a new appreciation for the original text and a greater understanding of the role of literature.

Utopias and Dystopias

Dr Peter Marks takes us through some of the key issues and the history of writing about Utopia, from Plato’s The Republic to More’s Utopia , Huxley’s Brave New World , Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale an...

Sixty Lights: exploring ideas

An exploration of some of the ideas in Gail Jones's rich and rewarding novel.

Worldspace in Frankenstein and Blade Runner

This essay explores parallels between Frankenstein and Blade Runner in order to illuminate key differences between their respective worldspaces, and examine how character experiences, regardless of t...

Valuing the overlooked: Approaches to Reading Austen and Weldon

A consideration of this pairing of texts in Module A Advanced, from different contexts, considering Weldon’s fictocritical response, and suggesting some areas of comparison with Austen's Pride and Pr...

2011 Issue 4

This edition of mETAphor is a pot pourri containing articles on Romanticism, the influence of the King James Bible on English Literature, the International Baccalaureate and units for Stages 4 and 5....

Teaching H.G. Wells' The Time Machine

A unit outline for Year 8 English , including questions on the novel and ideas for teaching activities.

The Nita B Kibble Award 2012

The Kibble Award is for the best woman’s writing and the Dobbie is for a new woman writer. This year’s winners are: Gail Jones for Five Bells and new writer Favel Parrett for Past the Shallows . The ...

Attacking Hamlet from Left Field: How to create an original response

David Strange offers a new approach to Hamlet.

The Literary Voice

Heather Stafford explores the concept of ‘voice’ from a linguistic perspective.
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