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 literature we read... and you got your Bartleby essays back!
In second year: a fabulous visit to the NSW Art Gallery at which we connected the literature of the Enlightenment, the Romantics and the Victorians to a real live context of paintings that stretched across these cultural periods. And we saw the continuation of Romanticism into the work of Whitely.
In third year: we concluded our exploration of the the theme of Love and the Court. This week we focused on Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" looking both at the language of l u r v e - as parodied by Shakespeare- and at the subversive language of Feste, the jester or the fool. Shakespeare, there is no doubt, was an anarchist who enjoyed pointing out to the world where they were caught up, or identified with their own inflated self-image.
And so for a few suggestions for LiveJournal for this week (chose any one of these- if you wish- or do your own thing!):
Year 1: complete your Mark Leyner imitations; complete and post the reflective work you did in tuts on what you found most inspiring (and most important- WHY you found it inspiring: Reader Response Theory!); write a letter to one of the characters that you felt some affinity for; write a poem about what it is like sitting in a tutorial; write a poem about autumn rain..... have fun!
Year 2: write a description of one of the paintings that caught your attention (great preparation for your essay!); imagine yourself into the scene of one of the paintings and speak to the audience AS IF YOU WERE INSIDE THE PAINTING; write a poem inspired by one of the characters or by the setting in one of the paintings; describe what it feels like to be dragged along in a group through an art gallery- poem or prose piece.......
Year 3: Write a poem that tells the world why they need the fool; write a soppy love poem that parodies the excesses of modern love; translate a short paragraph of Shakespeare into modern English and say why this idea is still so relevant today; Write a letter to one of the characters in the play; BE one of the characters in the play and write a short monologue describing what it feels like to be fat Sir Toby, or cunning Maria, or hurt Aguecheeck, or witty Fool, or lovestruck Orsino or Olivia, or malevolent Malvolio..... over and out.. have fun... or let any of the suggestions spark of a creative moment....
NOW WE ARE PLANNING A POETRY COMPETITION- STARTING SOON AND I WOULD LIKE SOME SUGGESTIONS FOR A THEME OR AN IDEA THAT COULD STIMULATE A SERIES OF POEMS: THIS WILL GO ACROSS ALL THREE YEARS AND WILL BE "HOUSED" IN THE UNIVERSITY CREATIVE COMMUNITY SPACE... SO SEND ME SOME IDEAS ( AS COMMENTS TO THIS POST)