Disrecognized Space

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Standing on (un)solid ground

Bearing the Images of various Species of Contention
William Blake: Jerusalem (Plate 69)

Truth, meaning and knowledge are culturally dependent, rather than existing as absolutes. This essay discusses the formation known as Uluru or Ayers Rock, and how its depiction creates a number of cultural meanings. The image will be addressed in relation to its significance as a cultural sign and its appropriation in a number of discourses – particularly the important Australian discourse of race and its construction of identity, and how these meanings are expressed through the interweaving of signs, intertextuality and representation. How these meanings have supplanted the overarching ‘truth’ of Humanism will also be briefly addressed. Continue reading

Tools of cultural studies

This essay discusses genre, discourse, intertextuality and reading practices as tools in cultural studies to determine meanings from a text, specifically, an extract from Rumpole Last’s Case (Mortimer 1987, pp184-185).
Genre essentially classifies(and groups) things. It forms societal meanings as well as meanings carried on within its own category (Lecture 5 2010, p4). Genre can be applied to examine what a text says within that genre, but also how it relates to society (Lecture 5 2010, p8). Chandler (1997, p2) argues that genre is like art: easy to spot, but much harder to define, since genres shift and are often unclear. The Rumpole text exists within the genre of crime fiction (Malmgren 2004, p127).
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