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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.

Housemates Unite! Power Struggles in the ‘Big Brother’ House

Explores reality TV shows in a comparison of Big Brother with Nineteen Eighty Four and Foucault’s ideas on discipline and punishment, to show how the housemates are manipulated by ‘technologies of po...

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...

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...

Margaret Edson’s W;t reconsidered

A reading of the W;t/ Donne pairing of texts for Module A and responding to a previous article “Against Certitiude: considering Margaret Edson’s W;t in context” by Mark Howie in 2009, Issue 4.

Writing Crime Fiction: An Overview of the Genre

Crime Fiction like most genres defies classification. Explores the sub-genres of Crime Fiction and includes an historical overview of the genre. Finishes with a list of the author’s current favourite...

On First Reading Fay Weldon's letters to Alice

This article considers some of the implications of comparing Pride and Prejudice with Weldon's Letters to Alice on Reading Jane Austen

Teaching Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

This unit of work uses Vogler's stages of the hero's journey to examine classical heroes from earliest times to the present day.

Julius Caesar and The Prince: the effect of context, purpose and audience on the shaping of meaning

Derek Peat offers ideas for understanding and comparing the contexts of Julius Caesar and The Prince

Valuing King Lear in different contexts

This article looks at productions of King Lear from 1908 (Germany), 1962 (England) and 1981 (Hungary), as well as feminist and anonymous readings.
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