The National Picture – Geoff Parr 1985

You need to consider this work on 2 levels
• As an appropriation of Dutterau’s painting the conciliation
• As an example of new art forms existing from changes and development of technology
This text highlights the changes and influence of new technology in the art making process as Parr appropriates Dutterau’s work through. The medium of photography, thereby using a modern medium to question past attitudes and historical representations of the treatment of Tasmania’s aboriginal people. Parr uses a process called DIGITAL ART IMAGING (which blends digital photography with digitalised images from traditional art works.)
By reconstructing Dutterau’s original painting using modern techniques the viewer is aware of the inter texuality and transformation: the ‘new’ resonates with the ‘old’, causing the viewer to reflect upon the changes in our society and how values and attitudes may have changed over the past 150 years.

Make a list of summaries and differences between the two texts.

The Conciliation – Dutterau

The Concilation – Benjamin Dutterau – 1840

When examining the Dutterau’s painting consider the following

• How does the title of Dutterau’s panting reflect his perspective of events in Tasmania and of George Robinson.
The dictionary defines conciliation as: Action taken to reach agreement or restore trust, friendship, or goodwill that has been lost, especially as a deliberate process used in a dispute.

• The painting depicts the British colonialists attitudes and the values of the time (1840). The central figure is George Robinson. How does the use of colour and positioning suggest Dutterau’s admiration of him?
Euro centric: focusing on Europe or its people, institutions, cultures, sometimes in an arrogant way
• What other evidence in the painting suggests a Euro centric focus: the colonist belief in white mans supremacy and their view of the aboriginal people as a primitive people.
• What do the gestures of the individual aboriginals in the painting suggest about their attitudes towards conciliation?
• After studying this painting what thoughts does it give you about the calls nowadays for “reconciliation” with the aboriginal people?
Connotation: to imply or suggest something in addition to the main or literal meaning.
• What are the connotations of this term?

Flame Trees

The two versions of Flame Trees we’ve discussed (Sarah Blasko’s cover and the Cold Chisel original) provide us with an insight into how time can change one’s perspective on life. According to the composer, this is about lost youth and the return to the archetypal Australian country town. “It’s a song of lost love, of mortality and what’s left behind.”

What is this text about? How do we know? ?
Who would be most likely to read and/or view this text and why? ?
What does the composer of the text want us to know/feel?
Textual structures and features
What are the structures and features of the text?
What sort of genre does the text belong to?
What do the images suggest?
What do the words suggest?
What kind of language is used in the text?
Key concept
How is the concept of change evident in this text?
Is the change presented as positive or negative ?Is it enforced? is it short term ? is it long
term ? is it gradual or dramatic? Is the change planned? unplanned ?
What form does the change take – physical, emotional , perceptions, world?

Changing Perspectives – related material

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You need to find three related texts that express/represent change in some way.
You may include a poem, song lyrics, a photograph, an advertisement, an extract, a short story, a novel, an article, a web page or a book cover.

Answer the following questions:

1. What is the form of the text and what change is evident in it?
2. Identify the purpose, audience and context of the text.
3. What are the language features and structure of the text?
Language features may include:
– whole text (extended metaphors, imagery, symbolism, irony, repetition etc)
– paragraphs (extended metaphors, repetition etc)
– sentences (metaphors, similes etc)
– words (onomatopoeia, alliteration, etc)
Contrasts- (before and after)
Emotive language
4. How are these techniques used to present the concept of change?

Complete for prep

Sky High


1. What two worlds are being depicted? By close reference to the passage, define the qualities and features of both.

2. What is the emotional state of the central figures in both worlds? How does the child differ from the adult?

3. In what ways is the concept of change being represented?

How is is being said?

1. Skilful manipulation of language is a core feature of this text. Comment on the use of colloquial language and why it has been used.

2. Word choice is both simple and complex. Vibrant, rich vocabulary evokes a real sense of time and place. Find effective examples from the text and evaluate how they help to reinforce the central theme of change.

3. How does the write engage the readers attention and hold it throughout?

The Second Coming

Read the poem again and answer the questions
• The image of the falcon and the falconer begins the poem. Draw a picture of what Yeats means?
What happens over time, as the bird gets further away from the falconer?
Define the word “Gyre”
• When the center cannot hold, what happens?
• What happens to the ceremony of innocence?
What drowns it?
What could be an example of an innocent ceremony?
• What is happening to the world?
What happens to the “best”?
What happens to the “worst”
• What is “The Second Coming”?
What is supposed to happen there?
• What image does Yeats see out in the desert?
Why is it having a nightmare?
Why is a cradle doing it?
• Where in the world, today, are “things falling apart”?

Marxist reading of Othello

Who holds power at the beginning of the play?

What is the basis of that power?

Who is privileged and who is subordinated?

In what ways does Othello’s position create disruption in the traditional power structures?

What is the relationship between language and power?