Week 12 Peer Review, Tara Michelle Briggs

QuestionIn your own words explain what you sense is the real difference between the fictional worlds of George Eliot, Charles Dickens and Jane Austen.

Hi Tara, I feel like you captured the different between these authors extremely well. I particularly liked your analysis of Eliot’s work as being concerned with what it is to be human. I find that Eliot captures the most important issues of humans. You still maintain to celebrate the authors whilst analysing them which is good. Many people tend to ‘knit-pick’ the authors and in doing so put down their work. Your concluding statement, which I 100% agree with is probably my favourite: ‘All three of the aforementioned authors are noteworthy, interesting and important. Whilst they express differing views and fictional worlds, all contain intelligent ideas which maintain relevance even in a modern context.’ I enjoy this because that’s what makes these authors so remarkable: their ability to withstand the continuum of time in capturing the essence of human nature. This makes them just as relatable now, as they were in the 19th Century!

Good work.

Link to post: https://taramichellebriggs.wordpress.com/2017/05/08/blog-7-topic-1/


Peer Review, Wk 10, Danielle Gatt

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The Question: Describe a moment in your life where, like Marner you have been horrified, shocked by the loss of something that has been desperately dear to you. (In Marner’s case it was his gold)

This was an extremely captivating piece. Perhaps because I feel you described a similar situation to my own during high school. You set the scene impeccably. This notion of pride is an extremely dangerous one, and I like that you capture the cockiness that it leads to. Having completed Ext2 English as well, there is a certain amount of expectation. The expectation for you to receive good marks, but as well as you ‘expect’ to receive the best marks. When this isn’t the case, there is nothing to describe that gut wrenching feeling. This was extremely emotive. I was completely shocked coming out of your piece. Thank you for this reminder. It is definitely a warning to head.

Peer Review Felicity McManus, Wk 9

Felicity, I loved your blog! Your mix of short and long sentences made for an engaging, entertaining read. I particularly liked how you referred to the future in the industrial revolution as a ‘calamity that is swiftly approaching.’ To heighten the passion and emotion in your piece, I would add some exclamation marks (i.e ‘Well, to hell with convention.) It was an imaginative way to advise your friends on your departure from conventional education. I also appreciated your acknowledge of the positives of conventional education but also highlighted that it simultaneously holds restrictions.

Great blog!


Link to blog: https://felicitymcmanus.wordpress.com/ 

Peer Review, WK 7 Suzanne

Suzanne, this was an excellent recap of our excursion to the art gallery. I love the analysis of your chosen artworks, and how they reflect their culture. Your focus on the position of women in society is a unique one, that I would not have thought of myself when thinking about our visit. I loved how to chose two juxtaposing artworks. By doing this you really capture the multitude of women’s roles and their diversity.
I would have liked some sort of preamble or question at the top of the post just to know where this post was going. Some further linking between literature and artwork could have been made.
Nonetheless, your analysis of the paintings was great!
Victoria 🙂

Link to post: https://suzannes2016.wordpress.com/2017/04/13/blog-5-art-gallery-highlights/comment-page-1/#comment-63

Week 6, Peer Review 3# Riley Powers

Great piece. Your identification of how Dickens epitomises the Industrial Revolution in the description of Coketown is great. The insufferable nature of the elongated sentences was an extremely good point and I appreciate your attention to detail. In your mention of the snake being the smog, I disagree slightly. For me, snake’s connote chaos, moreover turmoil, and temptation, generated from Biblical stories. This temptation could be then interpreted as the intense greed for money – like you said, people’s obsession with money that ruins society. Your quote choice was exceptional in displaying the way in which ‘fact’ is a form of religion.
I thoroughly enjoyed your blog.

Link to blog: https://rileypowers1.wordpress.com/2017/04/01/week-5-blog-3-2/comment-page-1/#comment-80

Week 5, Peer Review #2 – Jessica Welford

I completely agree with this post. Austen’s didactic texts are directed towards the female audience, rather than a male one. Her common themes throughout her oeuvre definitely promote her favoured way of life. She shows her readers, female primarily, through the actions of her heroines and peripheral characters alike. In Emma’s wrongdoings and enlightenment found through realisation of her mistakes, Austen advises her audience on how and how not to live. As you said, Chapter XI definitely captures this. I really enjoyed your comparison of the traditions and way of life in the 19th Century, rather to contemporary society. The need to marry in order for a ‘complete’ and happy life is definitely an outdated custom.

Link to post: https://jessicawelford.wordpress.com/2017/03/27/blog-2-week-4/

Week 4 Peer Review, Alina Goro

This was a great anecdotal piece that captured what Wordsworth was telling Matthew in ‘The Tables Turned’. This experience gives audiences a perfect example of how captivating nature can be, more so than books.You have highlighted the notion of immersion into nature that I feel Wordsworth was also trying to convey. Your piece develops a sense of self-growth: from glorifying books and their knowledge to the understanding, that comes with age and experience, of the emotional impetus that nature constantly unceasingly allows for. I feel this piece could have been improved by an extension of the experiences and emotions encountered at Niagara falls.

Link to blog post: https://alinagoro.wordpress.com/2017/03/20/blog-1-week-3/

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