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From the Syllabus
Module B: Texts and Ways of Thinking
This module requires students to explore and evaluate a selection of texts relating to a particular historical period. It develops their understanding of the ways in which scientific, religious, philosophical or economic paradigms have shaped and are reflected in literature and other texts.
Each elective in this module involves the study of at least two print texts, relating to a particular historical period, that demonstrate the influence of particular ways of thinking on literary and other texts. In addition, students explore, analyse and critically evaluate a range of other texts that reflect these ideas.
Students explore the ways that values are inscribed in particular texts and how they are reflected by texts. They consider whether and why texts are valued in their own time. They also consider why and by whom those texts are valued today.
Students develop a range of imaginative, interpretive and analytical compositions, including some which explore the effects of particular paradigms for a range of audiences. These compositions may be realised in various forms, modes and media. Students investigate topics and ideas, engage in independent learning activities and develop skills in extended composition.


ELECTIVES: ExtensionMODULE B: Texts and Ways of Thinking Elective 1: After the Bomb
In this elective students explore texts which relate to the period from the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki up to the collapse of the Soviet Union and the dismantling of the Berlin Wall. A climate of Cold War anxiety permeates these texts in a number of ways. The texts may emerge from, respond to, critique, and shape our understanding of ways of thinking during this period. Many of these texts have a common focus on the personal and political ramifications of this era. They are often characterised by an intensified questioning of humanity and human beliefs and values. Experimentation with ideas and form may reflect or challenge ways of thinking during this period. In this elective, students are required to study at least three of the prescribed texts, as well as other texts of their own choosing. In their responding and composing they explore, analyse, experiment with and critically evaluate their prescribed texts and a range of other appropriate examples. Texts should be drawn from a range of contexts and media, and should reflect the personal and political concerns of the post-war period.
Prose Fiction• Heller, Joseph, Catch-22, Vintage/Random House, 2004, ISBN: 9780099470465 • Le Carre, John, The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, Sceptre/Hachette, 2006, ISBN: 9780340937570
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Drama• Beckett, Samuel, Waiting for Godot, Faber/Allen & Unwin, 2006, ISBN: 9780571229116
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Poetry• Plath, Sylvia, Ariel, Faber/Allen & Unwin, 2005, ISBN: 9780571086269 Daddy’, ‘Lady Lazarus’, ‘The Applicant’, ‘Morning Song’, ‘Words’, ‘Fever 103°’, ‘The Arrival of the Bee Box’
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Nonfiction• Hersey, John, Hiroshima, Penguin, 2002, ISBN: 9780141184371