Summative Entry – ‘Australia is not a finished product’

(Sourced from: http://monumentaustralia.org.au/themes/culture/community/display/94161-sydney-writers-walk-) Throughout this semester, the exploration of Australian literature has allowed me to build up immense knowledge and delve into the literary world. I was able to make comparisons between writers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, which ultimately led to my agreement with the concept that “Australia is not a finished product”. …

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Week 10, Peer Review 4

(https://hollysliteratureblog.art.blog/2019/09/16/blog-4/) Hi Holly,  I really enjoyed reading your blog post this week! Your structure and style of writing were very well suited to the question and made me feel as if I was personally writing to Patrick White. Your comprehension of White’s short story ‘Down at the Dump’ was made clear and concise throughout the …

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Week 10, Blog 5 – Reflect on the ending of ‘That Deadman Dance’ by Kim Scott. What is your interpretation of it?

(https://theconversation.com/kim-scott-leaves-competition-for-dead-in-all-male-miles-franklin-win-1961) This week I decided to respond to my own question, to reflect on the ending of Kim Scott’s novel ‘That Deadman Dance’ as it initially divided my interpretation. Scott’s novel effectively details the encounter between Noongar people and the Europeans on the ‘friendly frontier’ in Western Australia, showing the extent of their relationship over …

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Week 8, Peer Review 3

(https://courtneyemattick.art.blog/2019/09/02/week-6-art-and-literature/) Hi Courtney,  Firstly, I just want to say WOW! Your response really transported me, and I felt as if I was experiencing the same sense of amazement with you. I loved how you touched on a personal experience to truly encapsulate the extent of meaning the painting ‘Milford Sound’ by Eugene Von Guerard, has …

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Week 8, Blog 4 – Write a letter to Patrick White telling him what you think of any one of the texts you have read this week

Patrick White, Sydney Australia, 1973 (https://www.nybooks.com/articles/2013/11/07/patrick-white-within-budding-grove/) and Brown letter envelope (https://www.calimt.edu/about/letter-envelope-brown/ ) Dear Mr. White,  First of all, I would just like to thank you for your literary contributions towards Australian Literature. Your work has allowed the nation to evolve and view society in a different light, one having deviated from the linear mindset of …

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Week 6, Peer Review 2

(https://lillyflack.home.blog/2019/08/26/blog-post-2-critical/) Hi Lilly,  Your response really informed me on who the figures on the Australian $10 note are, as I have honestly never known until now! I found it very interesting how you pointed out Dame Mary Gilmore is illustrated in two different periods of her life, yet she is still highly recognisable, particularly by …

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Week 6, Blog 3 – Write a brief account of how you think art and literature interact in a person’s experience?

Art and literature are mediums of expression, ranging in various forms from paintings or sculptures to poetry or prose. They allow individuals the expressional freedom to convey their deepest emotions connected to personal experience, opening up a world where meaning can flow through such work.  Artists and writers take inspiration from life and personal experiences …

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Week 5, Peer Review 1

( https://natalieengl102.home.blog/2019/08/19/blog-post-1/ ) Hi Natalie , Your personal take on “who is an Australian” really underpins the foundation of the nation’s identity, which lives within all of us, yet makes us so unique. I personally agree with your statement that there is no straightforward answer to this question as Australian identity is ever changing and …

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Week 5, Blog 2 – Write a brief description of this painting of Ned Kelly. What do you think it is saying about Ned Kelly’s status in the 20th Century

First-class Marksman, Sidney Nolan (1946) (https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/collection/works/62.2010/) This painting, “First-class Marksman”, was composed by artist Sidney Nolan in 1946. It depicts the infamous Irish outlaw Ned Kelly amongst the harsh Australian landscape, a subject that fascinated many artists and writers of the 20th century. The painting is composed of ripolin enamel on hardboard, highlighting the paradox …

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Week 4, Blog 1 – For Judith Wright the Mountain has its own meaning. Describe a favourite place that has a real meaning for you that you would hate to see destroyed.

Much like the mountain having its own meaning for Judith Wright, the “mountain” in my case is home. It is the root of everything I’ve ever known: my family and the memories we’ve shared. As cliche as that sounds, it’s the truth. “The Farm” as we, five grandchildren, call it, made a life for my …

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