Peer Review 5

Hi Suzanne,
I really enjoyed your letter to Virginia Woolfe this week and the way you so thorougly explored and analysed her perspectives presented in the essay. I particularly like the way that you summarised her longing for “real” characters as the recognition of “complexities of the human psyche” as often characters are two dimensional due to the author restraining their true creativity; instead favouring whatever will help them become popular fiction. One suggestion I have for you is to elaborate a little more in your final paragraphs as, while I agree that the statment made by Woolfe is insightful, it would be interesting to know what specifically about the line captures your attention.
Keep up the amazing work 🙂

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Dear Virginia Woolf…

Write a letter to Virginia Woolfe telling her how much you like her ideas about writing a kind of fiction completely unconstrained by the rules of the past.

Dear Virginia Woolf,

I am sure you will agree with me when I say that the diversity of life is often blatently ignored in fiction due to the desire of the author to have a successful novel that ticks all of the boxes so to speak. I say this because this is a conclusion that I have come to based on your ideas about fiction writing conveyed by your essay Modern Fiction.

The ideas that you have expressed through this work spoke to me on a personal level as often when reading fiction, one realises that rather than an intricate set of characters with entirely unique lives given to them by an author, stock characters and stereotypes control the outcomes of the story. This makes these works predictable and somewwhat meaningless and the true emotions are removed and replaced by whatever an author thinksthe audience will like so as to sell the piece. You pose the important questions of “Is life like this? Must novels be like this?” which inspired my thoughts on this issue. In the immensly diverse world we live in, no two people are the same, no two experiences are the same, and no two thoughts are the same- so why so often is it that in literature, the character acts in the way that they are expected to act and the plot carries on in the same fashion; an orientation, complication and conclusion? This is obviously not an accurate reflection of life as many authors are afraid to leave the confines of expectation.

I think that as a young author, I should strive to break such confines and focussing on, not expectations, but expressions of complex situations, characters and emotions who break boundaries in their own fictional world but could also be legitimatw within our world. Rather than writing characters based on expectations, it is vital that “likeness to life” is considered in such a way that characters are unpredictable, allowing the character to lead the author in new and unexplored directions. The ideas you have presented are not only well-fashioned, but highly inspiring to young authors ready to break the boundafries set in the past and begin writing unpredictably and unashamedly. Thank you for your insight into the issues surrounding modern literature.4

Kind regards,

Tamara Sibbald.


Peer Review 4

Hi Tabitha!
I found your blog very interesting this week and like the ideas you presented in regards to T S Eliot’s poem. I specifically liked your explanation of how one moment can completely change the path of our lives depending on a decision that we make- I agree with this and have often thought about whether I would be a completely different person if I had made a different choice in any small dilemma I have had in my life. One thing that could improve this entry is an elaboration on your own experiences; instead of telling us that you have had an experience like this, show us! It would be interesting to hear about your experiences and how these allowed you to relate to Prufrock.
Best of luck with the rest of your blogs 🙂

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Art and Manifestos

What and how does this compilation of Manifestos show us about the forces at work in our world today? As a work of art itself, does this Manifesto, point to anything that we in the 21st  Century need to be responding to?

Manifestos in relation to art, I believe, are a reflection of what is valued at the time they are created by the person they are created by. They may be a reflection of the will to conform, rebel, confuse, provoke; the will to produce any number of responses within the audience through the way art is expressed. The compilation of Manifestos demonstrates the various reasons for art and the emotions they provoke from the viewers depending on the matching manifesto.

One example of this is the push for deep symbolism within art that ocurred in the 20th century as a rebellious response to the idea that emerged in the 19th century that art can exist for its’ own sake. Similar forces exist in the world of art today as it is continuosly changing as a result of predecessor’s ideas about what art should and should not be. The constantly moving world continuous to alter the ways in which we choose to express ourselves and the reasons for expression. Today, this is easily seen online as the rapid communication allows for ideas and art to spread more quickly and allows others to respond and discuss this with ease.

Today, this Manifesto continues to encourage us to be critical of the art we view and consider why it is presented in a particular way and whether we agree with its message and meaning; it is also important to consider whether it does have meaning or if it has to have meaning at all. We need to constantly be responding to the art of those before us by engaging with the ideas it promotes and discovering whether we agree with such Manifestos, or if we need to construct our own to express the values that more accurately describe our current society.


Nude in a Rocking Chair

Describe the Picasso painting above. In other words paint his picture IN WORDS. Say briefly what makes it “modernist”.

Picasso’s Nude in a Rocking chair. Rejects all certainty. Shuns traditinalist ideas as outdated. Rejection of realism. The embodiment of modernist art.

Sickly green as the blackness comes in; creeping, consuming. Yonder, a glimpse of something blue, the colour of past certainties with no place in this picture. In this world. Memories of curves and smooth lines of yesterday- now only angry lines and crosses.

A warped figure- the naked woman. Mal-alligned shapes merged, no, forced into a being- but not a human being-for what does it mean to be human? Vibrant all-consuming colours contrasting the pale figure of a woman. Placeless and lost in the ever-changing path that is life.

Faceless and naked. Anger resounding through the think lines of her breasts and stomach- a new kind of face to put on for the world. Not an ideal beauty, but a beauty nevertheless for society has no bearing on this world.

Truthful. Crude. Modernist.



Nude in a Rocking Chair. Picasso 1956. Art Gallery NSW.

Peer Review 3

Hi Paul!
I found your blog post this week to be very interesting to read, especially the beautiful language used when recollecting your “special event”. I completely agree with your sentiments you expressed when opening your blog post as when writing about an event in my life, I also felt like it was in no way spectacular; especially in the eyes of other readers. I think it is important for all of us to remember that what is life changing for one person, may mean nothing to another- much like in Kat and Paul’s goose roasting. It’s always a great oppertunity to read another persons experiences, especially when they are written as poetically as yours was!
Keep up the amazing work 🙂

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Three Bathers

Which work in the gallery left the deepest impression on you. Can you describe the work in detail and say why it left that impression on you?

Ernst Ludwig Kirchne’s painting, Three Bathers, left a large impression on me during my recent art gallery visit. Initially, this painting may not seem as symbollic as the abstract work of Picasso or as confronting as Lucien Freud’s work, however, the strong meaning behind this painting captured my attention.

Painted two years before the outbreak of World War I, this painting captures the impending doom that war will bring to everyone whether they are fighting or left at home. This is depicted through the three women being presented just moments before a large wave is to arrive; symbollic of the events to come and the destruction and impact they will have on the women. The nudity of the three symbolises their helplessness to the situation and their inability to prevent it as they do not have to means to do so. The colours used in the painting further highlight the fear and insecurity in relation to the state of the world- yellows and oranges acting as a symbol of uncertainty. Not only do the colours depict this fear, but the expressions and posture of the three women highlight the uneasiness of the time period.

Through such symbolism, the painting effectively presents raw emotions- a feature present through countless works of twentieth century art due to the circumstances of the time such as the rising tension before the outbreak of war. These three women become a symbol for those who are effected by war without having any choice in the matter or having their voices and concerns heard. I also found it very captivating that this piece was crated by a German artist as in my previous studies of the wars, German emotions and fears were never the focus as an English, American and Australian story is the one that is usually told. Because of these multi-faceted messages presented in Kirchne’s work, I am able to understand the emotions depicted in the artwork and have been able to connect with this painting specifically.


Ernst Ludwif Kirchne’s Painting- Three Bathers

Peer Review 2

Hey Ronny,

Great work on the blog post- I admire your understanding of the importance of addressing the here and now and the way that life experiences alter this. I think we could learn a thing or two from the worldview presented by Baumer as we often get caught up in the past or spend too much time worrying about the future to really appreciate the present world and in turn, life itself. It would be interesting to look deeper into the opposing side of this too however; the fact that for some, the horrors of war leave them trapped in the past due to the horrific and traumatic experiences. One small suggestion I have for you is to take a look at your formatting- make sure you unitalicise the text for the rest of your response after the quote you included.

Keep up the good work 🙂

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