Advanced Module A: Comparative Study of Texts and Contexts

Sam Raimi’s A Simple Plan: Context

Directed by Sam Raimi in 1998. Based on the novel (same name) by Scott Smith. What is Raimi’s purpose? SECULARISM What does secular mean? What does humanism mean? How have these perspectives influenced Raimi’s portrayal of the notion of greed?…

Amy Heckerling’s Clueless: Context

Written and directed by Amy Heckerling, and released in 1995 USA. Target audience: worldwide appeal, but particularly towards teenage audiences TEEN FLICK GENRE Why do you think Heckerling employs so many pop cultural references in Clueless? What cinematic styles show…

Jane Austen’s Emma: Context

Written by Austen (1775-1817). Published in 1816. REGENCY AGE (1812-1830) Austen’s time was filled with socio-political changes, such as the Industrial Revolution and American Revolution. However, Austen chose to set Emma in a very static, parochial village. Why do you…

The Great Gatsby: Context – Quick Questions

General In what time was The Great Gatsby composed? Fitzgerald’s Personal Context When was Fitzgerald born? What was Fitzgerald’s religious background? How this shape his criticism of the Jazz Age? Who was Fitzgerald’s first love? Why didn’t the relationship work…

Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet: Context

Literary Tradition: Adapting the Italian Novella: Romeo and Juliet is NOT an original story. Romeo and Juliet comes from a tradition of tragic romances: The Roman poet Ovid’s Metamorphoses Mariotto and Gianozza by Masuccio Salernitano (1476) Luigi da Porto adapted…

Shakespeare’s Macbeth: Context

I’m currently tutoring a Year 10 student, who is studying Shakespeare’s Macbeth as part of Text and Context. Honestly, in all these times I’ve studied Shakespeare, I’ve never paid heed to his contextual influences (all I know is “Elizabethean?”). Now,…

Frankenstein: Context – Quick Questions

Here are some quick questions to help you draw links between Frankenstein and its context. As with Blade Runner, Frankenstein reflects a variety of concerns and styles. General In what time was Frankenstein composed? Answer. Romanticism Definition: What is Romanticism?.…

Blade Runner: Context – Quick Questions

Here is a quick breakdown of the contextual issues  and styles reflected in Blade Runner. Rather than give you straight out answers, I’ve constructed a series of leading questions (with links to where you can read up on the answer).…