Comparative Study Of Texts And Contexts

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Module A: Comparative Study of Texts and Contexts
-compare texts in order to explore them in relation to their contexts
-effects of contexts & questions of value (morals, ethics, principles)
First Value -> 1st text -> 1st paragraph ->2nd text -> 2nd paragraph -> draw links to 1st text -> 3rd paragraph -> analysis: what’s changed?

Second Value : As above

-Talk about similarities AND differences
-Topic sentences: This text reveals this value about this context
Second text: how has it developed same idea
2003 HSC
You have studied two texts composed at different times. When you compared these texts and their contexts, how was your understanding of each text developed and reshaped?
Say what context each text is set in
-What you understand about the text through techniques that shows/explores the values of that context
-You have to say how the new has reshaped/changed your understanding of the first text AND how the old has developed your understanding of the new
2002 HSC
In comparing your two texts you will have become aware of how the contexts of the texts have shaped their form and meaning. Of more interest perhaps, is a comparison of the values associated with each text. To what extent has this point of view been your experience in your study of transformations?
Form: medium, style and genre e.g. historical play, satirical poem
Meaning: purpose (issues)
To what extent: you need to assess: a little, a lot
Your: personal: I, setting up thesis and response to question subjective, analysis is objective
e.g. while I initially scoffed at the idea that idea that a teen flick like Clueless could be revamped from a great canonical text like Emma, on closer examination, I found that it brought a canonical new text.
Medium and purpose of both texts, how does medium enhance meaning for the composer & responder
-> one a poem, suits the times etc, appeals to intellectuals
-> play,: these days appeal more to intellectuals, suits modern context more than poem
What’s more interesting is comparing the texts for their values
Texts mirror values
2001 HSC
How does the composer of the contemporary text used the earlier text to say something new?
Whilst author of Wit mirrors the (themese, ideas etc, uses references to Donne), she uses the medium of a play to comment on the changes that have occurred in the ----years that have passed between the texts
Margaret explores similar themes as Donne’s ---, but the values of the two socities are very different, magaret puts a tilt in Wit in the areas of….
How: techniques & form/meaning
-Earlier text is saying something old to new society, concerned about similar ideas but …
New texts says something different: look, this still applicable to you, we’re still preoccupied with…
Values have a different focus
Conclusion: the ---year gap -> major difference is context in which each text is set, despite the difference, the composer has been able to demonstrate that our values/ethics are grounded OR that they have changed

2005 HSC
How does Edson’s Wit sustain interest in the values represented by Donne’s ----?
New text makes older text relevant to a new context
In adapting/incorporating aspects of the old text, the composer makes it more relevant and more enjoyable, new audiences are able to affiliate with it more, make it more digestible, appreciate the old text

Using devices that are aural and visual, poets can crete images that conjure emotion and evoke deep discussions
Poetic devices are divided into 3 categories
1. Visual: appeal to our vision and allow us to envisage the idea being conveyed

Pathetic fallacy

2. Aural: appeal to our hearing and allow us to decipher tone and atmosphere (mood) of the idea
Rhyme& syntax
Iamic pentameter