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Strathmore Secondary College Unit 1 and 2 Literature 2013. Student Roll Course Handouts Submission of homework Intro to Literature. Welcome to Year 11 Literature! Why did you choose to study Literature? 1. Write down 5 reasons 2. Discuss with the person beside you. What is Literature???
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Submission of homework
Intro to Literature
Why did you choose to study Literature?
1. Write down 5 reasons
2. Discuss with the person beside you
Write down your definition.
Find a different person to compare your ideas with
(Write this in your books)
Writings in which expression and form, in connection with ideas of permanent and universal interest, are characteristic or essential features.
Do they fit the ideas from the table?
TASK 2: Now make a list of the texts you read/viewed in the holidays. Put a mark beside the ones that you would class as literature.
1. List 5 reasons why the study of literature is important.
2. Share you 5 reasons with 2 other people (not the same people as last time)
Form an outer and inner circle – facing each other.
2 minutes for each discussion point
What does the word CONTEXT mean??
What is Louis Nowra’s context?
Write down your definition
Copy the definition into your workbook
Write these ideas in your book
Reflect on your holiday homework…
TASK: Discuss with the person beside you. Take notes in your workbook.
Discuss the following in groups:
Think back to last year and your study of ‘Curious incident of the dog in the night time’
TASK: Discuss these ideas with the person beside you.
Write down 2 ideas for each dot point
‘One flew over the cuckoo’s nest’ clip
This creates ironies – juxtaposition of moral/immoral behaviours, sanity and insanity
Use the introductory notes in your text, ‘Frankenstein’s Mozart: The making of Cosi’ and ‘Trial by Madmen’, to develop your understanding of the play.
Use the handout to take notes. Due next lesson.
Obviously reading and watching a play are very different.
2. How do we respond when we read the script, compared to when we watch it being acted out?
3. What are the positives and negatives of the stage?
4. How is it different to the form of film?
As we read the play, consider how these devices help to create meaning.
To understand how meaning is created in
Act 1, Scene 1
You will need to discuss the following discussion points in groups and take notes.
Leave a space under each of your answers to add to your notes later
Imagine you are a theatre reviewer. What would you say about the opening scene of the play?
Try to comment on:
Characterisation – how were the characters introduced and presented?
Setting – what does it symbolise?
Key ideas – what were the key issues?
Language – why was it used?
In Act 1 Nowra introduced key ideas of mental illness, institutions, social workers, love and fidelity and the importance of the Arts, war, reality and illusion (a lot for one act!!)
TASK: You are going to write a detailed paragraph on 1 of these key idea
You need to write about HOW the key idea is conveyed. How do we know what Nowra’s opinions are about this key idea?
In your paragraph include discussion of the theatrical techniques we have discussed, and how they develop meaning
To write this paragraph, you need to ‘jump in’! No introduction – just a paragraph. Choose your focus idea and start writing about how it is developed.
Eg. In Act one Scene one of Louis Nowra’s play ‘Cosi’, the issue of mental illness is quickly introduced. Nowra relies on his own context to develop his central character ‘Lewis’, who is cast into a ‘burnt out’ and ‘pitch black’theatre. This darkness symbolises…….
Nowra emphasises the stigma placed on the mentally ill through Nick’s offhand comment that mad actors are bad enough, but madmen…’ The negative attitude towards those with a mental illness is further conveyed by Justin and his use of the negative connotation of the word queasy. …….
Nowra uses black humour, especially through the characterisation of Doug, to provide relief from the seriousness of the issue. Doug’s offhanded comment that when you want a lobotomy you just can’t get it, allows the audience to relate to the characters through their humour.
The play is naturalistic in style. Doug’s colloquialisms of poofter and dunny engage the audience as it is Australian and contemporary.
A burnt out theatre. It is day outside but pitch black inside the theatre. A heavy door opens, a chink of daylight enters, as do three people: Lewis, Lucy and his friend.
Comment on Nowra’s choice of setting. What does it represent? Consider the idea of:
Context Key ideas
Views and values Tone
Beliefs Narrative structure
What is wrong with this paragraph about the setting?
The opening setting is of a theatre; in a theatre. This shows that the theatre is a stage for society and the world. Louis shows there isn’t any hope because it is dark, but maybe some hope will come because there is a chink of light.
Where does it come in the text?
Use adjectives to describe his views
Louis Nowra’s choice of the opening setting in his play ‘Cosi’ introduces his cynical views on key social issues of the 1960s and modern society. The ironic use of the ‘burnt out theatre’ that is ‘pitch black’ is a metaphor of the world as a stage, conveying a bleak tone of moral destruction and hopelessness in regards to both war and the mentally ill. This tone is contrasted however, as it is revealed that ‘a chink of daylight enters’, symbolising the hope and possibilities that Lewis may bring to the patients, and revealing a sense of change regarding perceptions of Australia’s involvement in war.
Comment on tone. Describe it.
Look for contrasts
What is being symbolised?
Opening line: author’s name, title, context, significance of where it falls in text.
‘Cosi’ – A Comic Drama
In ‘Cosi’ the oppositions between ‘sane’ and ‘insane’ characters are a source of much ironic humour. Nowra tends to blur the line between sanity and insanity
Through his humour, Nowra overturns audience expectations and assumptions about certain issues.
Examples of its use in films or tv shows?
This style of humour finds its humour in joking about sensitive subjects and dark elements in human nature.
‘Cosi’ involves stereotypical characters, physical humour, deliberate nonsense and the entanglement of the protagonist…essential elements of farce.
Using the A3 paper, make a list of the best sentences from your group. (Don’t be shy!)
Despite his glorious music, Mozart’s audiences found the plot trivial (just as Nick does).
Listen to the overture. Discuss with your group:
Think about tone, contrasts, Roy’s comments
Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries (the most famous piece from his opera Die Walkure) is well known today for its numerous references in popular culture, including the helicopter scene in Apocalypse Now. Why do you think this is?
Listen to Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries
Write a paragraph in which you discuss the use of music – Mozart’s overture and Ride of the Valkyeries
Possible points for discussion:
In Act Two, tensions escalate and the crises become more dramatic, whilst the patients’ needs to perform the opera become the play’s driving force.
tone, pace, dialogue, language, stage directions, intertextuality, music, lighting, setting, symbolism etc
The good news….You have already been writing in the style of the ‘Passage Analysis’!
Go to page 10 of ‘Cosi’ or use the handout.
Highlight and annotate the following:
TASK: Individually: Read over the 3 passages
TASK:As a group: Think about what stands out to you? How do these passages link to the overall ideas of the text?
TASK: Individually: Read the student response to these passages
Task: As a group: discuss the points at the end of the essay