Bang My Car: Pastiche, Parody, Satire, Irony

Bang My Car: Pastiche, Parody, Satire, Irony

1, Consider this statement in the introduction by Dave Chua: “In Imaginary Geographies of the Singapore Heartland, she explores the Singaporean landscape through a survey where she reveals more depth than immediately apparent.” Focusing on the transcript parts of this sections (Parts B and C), identify two examples of that depth…i.e. more than just a humorous representation of the rascally uncle character Part B: Under the premise of discussing which locality in Singapore has better food/accommodation, he ends up revealing…

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Socio-contextual Considerations of ‘Everyone Speaks English’ in Bang My Car by Ann Ang

Socio-contextual Considerations of ‘Everyone Speaks English’ in Bang My Car by Ann Ang

What contextual (social/cultural/political etc) considerations* does the section you have examined engage with and how?   In ‘Everybody Speaks English’, Ang creates a dramatic monologue in the voice of an elder male teacher English teacher arguing to a young female teacher about the use of Standard English and rejection of Singlish in the classroom with reference to the historical backdrop of colonialism. The main perspective of this older English teacher sheds light on the community that believes that Singlish should…

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The Wild Geese, New Historical Theory and Concepts: Additions

The Wild Geese, New Historical Theory and Concepts: Additions

Interesting Idea’s from Yuyu’s Wild Geese Response: It was interesting to see how Ogai observed these changes instead of just promoting it, despite having his own experience overseas, and the countries atmosphere heading towards change and what they called, ‘progress.’ I realised how he is not only expressing his own thoughts but is also foreshadowing, and hinting the metaphor of the wild geese. The sentence, ‘Without any logical connection, the woman of Muenzaka came into my mind.’ from chapter 24,…

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The Historical Context: The Wild Geese on Ogai Mori’s opinions on the relationship between Japan and the West

The Historical Context: The Wild Geese on Ogai Mori’s opinions on the relationship between Japan and the West

From your examination of the novel’s narrative point of view and historical context, and from your application of New Historical Theory as a critical lens, what do you think is Ogai Mori’s perspective of Japan and its relationship with the West at this time, and what aspects of the story have given you these ideas? New Historical theory thinks about the retelling of history itself: “…questions asked by traditional historians and by new historicists are quite different…traditional historians ask, ‘What…

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Development in the understanding of ‘The Wild Geese’ by Ogai Mori.

Development in the understanding of ‘The Wild Geese’ by Ogai Mori.

By the way you first read The Wild Geese with limited contextual knowledge as a cultural/temporal outsider, and how you have since looked again at the novel through the critical lenses of Japanese aesthetic philosophy and socio-cultural context? In my first reading of The Wild Geese, the book left me with the feeling of confusion. It seemed like an underwhelming story, with no real climatic plot arc, resolutions or ‘heroism’ that is often seen in stories. But understanding Japanese aesthetic…

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Dressing up for the Carnival – Carol Shields

Dressing up for the Carnival – Carol Shields

  The author effectively uses a third person limited omniscient narrative with free indirect discourse to display Mr. Gilman’s yearning for his youth and give insight to the subtle denial of his old-age on a visit to his daughter-in-law. The author describes Mr. Gilman’s frivolous purchase of the flowers in which he questions ‘why not buy two bunches, or three? Why not indeed? Or four?’, wherein the author ironically portrays Mr.Gilman as childlike through the use of animated rhetorical questions,…

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Pastiche of Wislawa Szymborshka

Pastiche of Wislawa Szymborshka

PASTICHE EXERCISE Planning Matching form/style and content: Now consider which author’s style / concerns would best suit what you have to say:  I like the voice of Szymborska in ‘Advertisement’  Point of View and Perspective:  First person If first person, will you write from your own perspective or that of a character, i.e. will you let/make a character say it for you, in their voice? The voice of Donald Trump glorifying his decisions (coronavirus masks, science, racism, economy) in the…

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A comparison of Antigone and Fun Home on Social Oppression – IO Style

A comparison of Antigone and Fun Home on Social Oppression – IO Style

Throughout history and across cultures, societal expectations have placed pressure on individuals to assume their conventional duties or embody the societal roles expected of them, however, the disempowering effect these expectations can have on individual freedom and happiness has also been shown widely. Two literary works are notable for their representation of social conformity as a global issue of culture, identity and community:  the famous ancient greek tragedy ‘Antigone’ by playwright Sophocles and the darkly humorous graphic novel ‘Fun Home’…

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