VCE English Elective

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The study of Literature is an exciting course that relies upon lively debate amongst class members to develop and extend the understanding and enjoyment of reading. Coursework includes creative responses, spirited discussion and analytical thinking and writing. This broad selection of tasks encourages students to become independent and critical thinkers. These skills will assist students in their future academic study and life long careers.

Units 1 & 2

Year 11 Literature begins with the creation of your personal visual diary. We study ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ with its elements of gothic fiction, and look at how it is possible to ‘read’ a text in a variety of ways, and to take different meanings from it. We study the brilliant film text ‘Pleasantville’ and a range of Australian poetry. We also explore the connections between texts, looking at how they can influence each other, with texts such as William Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’ and Tom Stoppard’s play ‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead’. Students will have the opportunity to respond to this broad range of texts personally, critically and creatively by exploring the ideas and concerns of each text. If you like to read, and write, and enjoy the discussion and analysis of texts and ideas, then Literature will be a very rewarding experience. The study of Literature enhances academic writing skills.

Units 3 & 4

We begin the year with a comparison of a print text (novel or play) and the film version, looking at how meaning changes with the transformation into a different form. From there, we study a range of novels, plays and poetry from around the world and over the ages, looking at the way in which they reflect the countries and cultures from which they came and the ideas and values of the writers. Texts studied previously have included: Michael Ondaatje’s ‘The Cat’s Table’, Tennessee Williams’ ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’, the poetry of Seamus Heaney and ‘Dark Roots’ by Cate Kennedy. You will learn how to think deeply and analytically about literature, how to critique a work of literature using a literary perspective such as feminism, and finally, you will have a wonderful time becoming the poet, playwright or short story writer yourself, using one of our texts as the starting point for your own piece of writing.

Career Options

Playwright, Presenter, Program Director, Publicity Officer, Publisher, Reviewer, Script Writer, Teacher, Editor, Historian, Journalist, Librarian, Literary Critic, Writer, Archivist, Bookseller, Copywriter