'Sixty Lights is the captivating chronicle of Lucy Strange, an independent girl growing up in the Victorian world. From her childhood in Australia through to her adolescence in England and Bombay and finally to London, Lucy is fascinated by light and by the new photographic technology. Her perception of the world is passionate and moving, revealed in a series of frozen images captured in the camera of her mind's eye showing her feelings about love, life and loss. In this confident, finely woven and intricate novel Jones has created an unforgettable character in Lucy; visionary, gifted and exuberant, she touches the lives of all who know her.' (Publication summary)
Berlin Childhood Around 1900, Benjamin
Camera Lucida, Barthes
Coming Through Slaughter, Ondaatje
This unit offers advanced specialist studies in the literature and culture of the modern period, defined as the period from the Enlightenment onwards (approximately 1750 to the present). Students study a selection of Anglophone writings from Britain and Ireland, America or other societies shaped by British colonisation and drawn from particular periods within the modern era. The text selection and the period focus may vary from year to year, depending on staff availability. The unit aims to enable students to experience a deeply contextualised encounter with writings and other texts of various kinds, and to understand their textual and material forms, their engagement with the wider social, intellectual and political disruptions of modernity, and their cultural influence.
This semester the unit focuses particularly on "Phototexts", thinking about the creative and political relationships between photography and narrative.
We will be studying films and written texts that incorporate photographic elements, real photographs, photographic techniques and references to photographs, with the aim of doing something more than illustrating the story. Considering the conjunctions between the still image and narrative offers us the opportunity to investigate how these forms work to shape both representation and how we read.