Same Same but Different – Wonders of Comparative Text

Comparative study of text is all about making links and understand the T.S Eliot school of literature theory that all works are validated by their predecessors. By understanding similar themes explored by older texts, we are able to better understand what the new text is about.

HSC Online has this to say about the Moduels

Exploring Connections:

In this elective students will explore how meanings of a pair of texts can be shaped and reshaped by considering the nature of the connections between them. Exploration of the connections between the texts will enhance understanding of the values and contexts of each text. Relationships between these texts may be implicit or explicit. Connections may be established through direct or indirect references, contexts, values, ideas, and the use of language forms and features.

Texts in Time

In this elective students compare how the treatment of similar content in a pair of texts composed in different times and contexts may reflect changing values and perspectives. By considering the texts in their contexts and comparing values, ideas and language forms and features, students come to a heightened understanding of the meaning and significance of each text.

What this essentially means, is that you must explore how both texts engage with similar themes, yet are from irrespective time periods (with their unique contextual concerns). The student must draw these connections by writing about how universal themes for both texts are engaged within different contexts, each according to their own discourse and yet both adding to their understanding of the texts themselves.

Lets have a look at a scaffold for this form of Essay –

Introduction: What are the key themes your texts engage in? What contexts do they  come from? How does these contexts affect interpretation of these themes?

Body 1.1 : The theme of X is universal to both texts. Text 1 engages with this theme through the following T.E.EM (s) These devices and the relevance of their representation are a product of the discourse of their respective productions.

Body 1.2 The theme of X is universal to both texts. Text 2 engages with this theme through the following T.E.EM (s) These devices and the relevance of their representation are a product of the discourse of their respective productions.

And repeat. For each subsequent theme you are able to produce – limited by the physical exertion of your hand of course.

Conclusion: Thus it can be see how despite the nature of their conflicting contexts, these two texts nevertheless engage with the same timeless and universal themes as discussed in the intro.

And there you have it? Easy enough?

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