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Advanced Modules: an introduction

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Module A: a comparative study of text and context

Module B: a critical study of text

Module C: Representation and text

Advanced Module A:

Follow the link to a worksheet that may help you organise your research.

A comparative study of text and context

In this Module you examine two texts that have a strong connection: they may have similar themes; one may be a representation of an earlier text; one may take an aspect of a text and develop it further. You will then be in a position to examine the value of the texts.

  • Context refers to the composer's background: historical, social, cultural, workplace etc

          A composer's context will influence the texts that they compose: their themes, their perspective; the setting and characters they create.

          The text set for you to study will also have a context: the set of circumstances that lie behind its composition.

          Context will also play a role in how a composer chooses to present their ideas.

  • Comparison is the process of putting two or more things - in this case two texts and their contexts - against each other and looking for what is similar and what is different.

          Comparison also involves evaluation of what is being said and how it is done and the value of the text to the context of its composition.

In approaching this module you need to study:

firstly -

  • each composer's context - those personal, historical, social, cultural and workplace circumstances that surround the composer
  • the context for each text - the specific historical, social and cultural factors at the time of composing that influenced the composer to create the text that has been set for study
  • how context is reflected in the texts set for study
  • how the composer has created their text - form eg, novel, drama, film; distinctive structural and language features; characterisation.

then look across the information you have gathered and consider -

  • how the contexts of the composers differ
  • how these differences are reflected in their texts
  • how these differences are reflected in how they have created their texts

Finally, having examined the two texts, their contexts and compared them, you can determine the value of the texts in their own context and for a modern audience. You will be able to decide why we still read, view or listen to these texts.

Electives available in this module are:

Elective 1: Exploring connections

Elective 2: Texts in time

Advanced Module B:

A Critical Study of Text

This Module involves a close study of one text and the study of how it has been read and received in different contexts and by different audiences since its composition. Students will consider the different ways of reading a text and compare these to their own readings. They will study the reception of the text in different contexts by different audiences. This will lead to students to an informed decision of the text's value in its own context and to its own to current audiences and in new and different contexts.

Advanced Module C:

Representation and Text

In this module students examine how composers represent events or personalities or situations. They will develop an understanding of the interconnection between representation and meaning.

Representation refers to the way in which a composer chooses to portray their subject matter (events or personalities or situations) in order to convey their meaning in relation to that subject. This involves a composer making choices about the structure of their text and language forms and features of that text in order to convey the desired meaning.

A visual example of the choices composers make can be found in the HSC glossary. Follow the link and scroll if necessary.

This material from HSC Online may help you:

http://www.hsc.csu.edu.au/english/advanced/representation/elect1/3664/

conflicting_perspectives.htm

 

Electives available in this module are:

Elective 1: Conflicting perspectives

Elective 2: History and Memory

Suggested related material

Elective 1: Conflicting Perspectives

Note: Some of these films are old but will do the job very well for you.

Fiction

All That I Am, Anna Funder

Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel

To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

Persuasion, Jane Austen

Atonement, Ian McEwan

1984, George Orwell

Room, Emma Donaghue

Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison

Lord of the Flies, William Golding

Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury

Sophie's Choice, William Styron

The Heart of the Matter, Graham Greene

The Help, Kathrine Stockett

Non-fiction

Tall Man,the death of Doomadgee, Chloe Hooper

Tales from the Trenches, Maxine McKew

Lazarus Rising, John Howard

The Kelly Gang Unmasked, Ian MacFarlane

Recollections of a Bleeding Heart, Don Watson     http://www.readings.com.au/product/9781741668278/recollections-of-a-bleeding-heart

Robert J Hawke: a biography, Blanche D'Alpuget     http://www.themonthly.com.au/hawke-prime-minister-blanche-dalpuget-and-bob-hawke-2735

Robert Kennedy, John W. Hilty

Article on Wikileak's Julian Assange:

http://www.themonthly.com.au/wikileaks-free-speech-and-assanges-message-australia-3016

The story of Breaker Morant: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breaker_Morant

John F Kennedy's assassination: http://mcadams.posc.mu.edu/home.htm

Plays

Angels in America, Tony Kushner

Radiance, Louis Nowra

Copenhagen, Michael Frayn

Othello, William Shakespeare

The Sum of Us, David Stevens     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sum_of_Us

Film

The King is Dead, dir. Rolf de Heer     http://blogs.crikey.com.au/cinetology/2012/07/06/the-king-is-dead-movie-review-long-live-gary-waddell/

The Ides of March, dir. George Clooney    

Hysteria, dir. Tanya Wexler

We Need to Talk About Kevin, dir. Lynne Ramsey

Boy, dir. Taika Waititi

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, dir. Thomas Alfredson

The Rabbit Hole, dir. John Cameron Mitchell

The King's Speech, dir. Tom Hooper     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_King%27s_Speech

Fair Game, dir. Doug Liman     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fair_Game_%282010_film%29

The Proposition, dir. David Hillcoat     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Proposition

The Tracker, Rolf de Heer     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Tracker

The Social Network, dir. David Fincher     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Social_Network 

12 Angry Men dir. Sidney Lumet

Cry Freedom 1987 dir. Richard Attenborough

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner 1967 dir. Stanley Kramer

Hotel Rwanda 2004 dir. Terry George

In the Heat of the Night 1967 dir. Norman Jewison

To Kill A Mockingbird 1962 dir. Robert Mulligan

Munich 2005 dir. Steven Spielberg

In the Name of the Father 1993 dir. Jim Sheridan

Notes on a Scandal 2007 dir. Richard Eyre

The Insider 1999 dir. Michael Mann

Breaker Morant 1980 dir. Bruce Beresford

Vera Drake 2004 dir. Mike leigh

Erin Brokovitch 2000 dir. Steven Soderberg

All The President's Men 1976 dir. Alan J Pakula

The Constant Gardener 2004 dir. Fernando Meirelles

Brokeback Mountain 2005 dir. Ang Lee

Rebel Without a Cause dir. Nicholas Ray

Far From Heaven 2002 dir. Todd Haynes

Revolutionary Road 2009 dir. Sam Mendes

Michael Moore, dir.: 9/11; Sicko

Al Gore, dir., An Inconvenient Truth

Forbidden Lies, dir. Anna Broinowski

Flags of Our Fathers, dir. Clint Eastwood

 

Elective 2: History and memory

Some suggested related material for History and Memory:

Fiction:

Schindler's List, Thomas Keneally

Plutarch's Lives, Plutarch

 

Film:

Schindler's List dir. Steven Spielberg

Munich dir. Steven Spielberg

Frost/Nixon dir. Oliver Stone

Triumph of the will dir. Leni Riefenstahl

Downfall dir. Oliver Hirschbiegal

Motorcycle Diaries dir. Walter Salles

Forbidden Lies dir. Anna Broinowski

The Fog of War dir. Errol Morris

An Inconvenient Truth dir. Davis Guggenheim

9/11 dir. Michael Moore

Howard's End  An analysis of Howard's leadership http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/special_eds/20080218/howard/default.htm

An interview with author, Geraldine Brooks, whose interest in race and relgion is expressed in her books: http://www.abc.net.au/compass/s2446434.htm

 

Some  general suggested related material for Module C:

From Australian Story which provides, transcripts, podcasts and vodcasts:

  • The title of this Australian Story series of three programmes is 'Beyond Reasonable Doubt':

         http://www.abc.net.au/austory/content/2006/s1686115.htm

               http://www.abc.net.au/austory/content/2006/s1692653.htm        

         http://www.abc.net.au/austory/content/2006/s1698813.htm

 

 

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