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Summative Entry

Australia is not a finished product. This statement has underpinned every step that Australia has taken as a nation. Throughout this unit there has never been one specified point where I have seen no room for Australia to improve, so to speak. There has always been something new to achieve, to explore and to understand. …

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Peer Review 4

Peer Review of Dylan Versola’s blog post which can be found here: https://dylanversola.home.blog/2019/10/04/blog-5/ Hey Dylan, I really enjoyed your blog post this week. I definitely agree with your statement about the many ways in which the Australian Experience can be interpreted. Your drawing from both Paterson and Lawson were insightful. These poems are integral to …

Reflection on my first blog post

For this week’s blog post, I’ve chosen to reflect on my first blog post for Australian Literature. The topic for that first week was “Who is an Australian? Describe your own national and cultural background and explain why it is definitely part of what makes up our Australian nation.” It’s interesting to look back and …

Write a letter to Patrick White telling him what you think of any one of the texts you have read this week. (Miss Slattery and Her Demon Lover)

To Mr. Patrick White Having recently read your short story “Miss Slattery and her Demon Lover”, I must admit I am somewhat in awe of your story-telling ability. Namely, your ability to create vivid descriptions from simple phrases and words, within your works is profound. Never are your descriptions word-heavy, rather the connotations of various …

Australian Literature Peer Review 3

Comment on Jared Mark’s “Milford Sounds” Blog Post which can be found here: https://jaredmarksbrain.home.blog/2019/09/01/milford-sounds/comment-page-1/?unapproved=4&moderation-hash=cfff2d40b99d2db59213519dd5b4ec8a#comment-4 I thoroughly enjoyed your description of this piece. The way in which you blended your own personal thoughts of the piece, with the physical dimensions of the artwork, really enhanced your description. I definitely agree with you, one truly does feel …

Australian Literature Peer Review 2

Peer Review of Jessica Aramini’s Australian Literature Blog Post #3 which can be found here: https://jessicaaramini1148.wixsite.com/blog2019/post/australian-literature-blog-3 This was quite an enjoyable blog post to read. Your initial discernment of broad themes relating to the artwork within the gallery, and discussion within the tour, was insightful. It provided a great base from which the remainder of …

CREATIVE Take any single Australian painting that you saw at the gallery yesterday and write a description either in poetry or prose.

The artwork that I have chosen to describe in prose is William Pigenuit’s Kosciuszko (1903), which can be seen above. Also below are some photos that I took on a hike through Kosciuszko National Park in 2017. It was for this reason, having already hiked through the landscape being depicted, that drew me to this …

Australian Literature Peer Review 1

This was a really great topic to dig into because of the sheer amount of significance that it has not only for Australia’s First Nation’s Peoples but all Australians. I found that the comparison to the World Economic Forum was well put, and really contextualises it for readers who may not be familiar with the …

Henry Lawson or Banjo Paterson? Explain briefly your understanding of why these two authors were so different in their views of the Australian experience.

The Australian experience, alike the question of what makes someone an Australian, is truly complex. The stark contrast between the writings of Henry Lawson and Banjo Paterson, makes this clear. Paterson appeals to Australia’s heroism, a youthful nation’s optimism and desire to achieve. Alternatively, Lawson portrays Australia realistically, allowing the country’s rougher, and less desirable …

Australian Literature 1

Who is an Australian? Describe your own national and cultural background and explain why it is definitely part of what makes up our Australian nation. Australia is somewhat of a paradox: An ancient land, but a relatively young nation. This makes the question of who an Australian truly is, a difficult one. The first thought that …