VCE Literature 2011

Lysistrata and Other Plays

Lysistrata and Other Plays

Aristophanes, Alan H. Sommerstein

Collecting three comedies that show Aristophanes tackling the consequences of war and social upheaval in Athens with his characteristic wit, this title shows the political and social crisis in Athens, Aristophanes was an eloquent,...

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Moral Disorder

Moral Disorder

Margaret Atwood

Come here, sit beside me, she seems to say. Then she takes us on an emotional journey through loneliness, love, loss and old age. This book deals with a Canadian woman who closely resembles herself.

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 Read reviewThe Tall Man: Death and Life on Palm Island

The Tall Man: Death and Life on Palm Island

Chloe Hooper

The story of Palm Island, the tropical paradise where one morning Cameron Doomadgee swore at a policeman and forty minutes later lay dead in a watch-house cell. It is the story of that policeman, the tall, enigmatic Christopher...

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Agamemnon's Kiss: Selected Essays

Agamemnon’s Kiss: Selected Essays

Inga Clendinnen

Inga Clendinnen writes about everything from the books that terrified her as a child to what history can teach us about ourselves and our own times. She describes visits to the beach and to a museum dedicated to the Holocaust. She...

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The Collected Stories of Katherine Mansfield

The Collected Stories of Katherine Mansfield

Katherine Mansfield, Ali Smith

Katherine Mansfield's clear and perceptive short stories revolutionized the genre. This collection represents the whole range of her writing from short sharp studies to longer, richer tales, encompassing her three major volumes...

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Don't Take Your Love To Town

Don’t Take Your Love To Town

Ruby Langford Ginibi

This is a story of extraordinary courage in the face of poverty and tragedy. She writes about the changing ways of life in Aboriginal communities - rural and urban; the disintegration of traditional lifestyles and the sustaining...

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The Death Of Napoleon

The Death Of Napoleon

Simon Leys

In this sardonic fable, Napoleon escapes from imprisonment on the Isle of St Helena. Leys writes an elegant, precise prose that ironically evokes the Napoleonic age. His tale can be read as a parable on the folly of hero-worship,...

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The Fox, The Captain's Doll, The Ladybird

The Fox, The Captain’s Doll, The Ladybird

D. H. Lawrence, Helen Dunmore, Dieter Miehl, David Ellis

Two young women living during the First World War find their solitary life interrupted. There exists a complex relationship between a German countess and a married Scottish soldier. A wounded prisoner of war has a disturbing...

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Silas Marner

Silas Marner

George Eliot, David Carroll, Q. D. Leavis

Wrongly accused of theft and exiled from a religious community many years before, the embittered weaver Silas Marner lives alone in Raveloe, living only for work and his precious hoard of money. But when his money is stolen and an...

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Istanbul

Istanbul

Orhan Pamuk, Maureen Freely

A portrait of Istanbul that guides us across the Bosphorus, through Istanbul's historical monuments and lost paradises, its dilapidated Ottoman villas, back streets and waterways. It also introduces us to the city's writers,...

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A Passage to India

A Passage to India

E. M. Forster, Pankaj Mishra

When Adela Quested and her elderly companion Mrs Moore arrive in the Indian town of Chandrapore, they quickly feel trapped by its insular and prejudiced 'Anglo-Indian' community. Determined to escape the parochial English enclave...

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The Lady with the Little Dog and Other Stories, 1896-1904

The Lady with the Little Dog and Other Stories, 1896-1904

Anton Chekhov, Ronald Wilks

A collection of stories such as Peasants , The House with the Mezzanine and My Life , in which, the author paints a picture of the conditions of the poor and of their powerlessness in the face of exploitation and hardship.

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Beowulf

Beowulf

Seamus Heaney

Composed towards the end of the first millennium of our era, the Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf is a Northern epic and a classic of European literature. In this new translation, Seamus Heaney has produced a work that is true, line by...

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Atonement

Atonement

Ian McEwan

A story that begins with three young people in the garden of a country house on the hottest day of 1935, and ends with three profoundly changed lives. A depiction of love and war, class, childhood and England, that explores shame...

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No Sugar

No Sugar

Jack Davis

The family problems of Western Australian Aborigines in the 1930s (4 acts, 12 men, 8 women).

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Brian Friel Plays 1: Philadelphia, Here I Come!; The Freedom of the City; Living Quarters; Aristocrats; Faith Healer; Translations

Brian Friel Plays 1: Philadelphia, Here I Come!; The Freedom of the City; Living Quarters; Aristocrats; Faith Healer; Translations

Brian Friel, Seamus Deane

With the production of Philadelphia, Here I Come! in 1964, Brian Friel established his claim to be the true heir of such distinguished predecessors as Yeats, Synge, O'Casey and Beckett.

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The Bacchae and Other Plays

The Bacchae and Other Plays

Euripides, Philip Vellacott

The plays of Euripides have stimulated audiences since the fifth century BC. Part of the series Euripides in Penguin Classics , this title contains plays such as Phoenician Women , Bacchae , Iphigenia at Aulis , Orestes , and...

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If On A Winter's Night A Traveller

If On A Winter’s Night A Traveller

Italo Calvino

You go into a bookshop and buy If on a Winter's Night a Traveller by Italo Calvino. You try to track down the original book you were reading but end up with a different narrative again. This remarkable novel leads you through many...

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The Surgeon of Crowthorne: A Tale of Murder, Madness and the Oxford English Dictionary

The Surgeon of Crowthorne: A Tale of Murder, Madness and the Oxford English Dictionary

Simon Winchester

A book about the making of the Oxford English Dictionary and the love of words. It tells of the relationship between the dictionary editor and one of its main contributors (they were all volunteers) who corresponded for 17 years...

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Slaughterhouse 5: The Children's Crusade A Duty-Dance With Death

Slaughterhouse 5: The Children’s Crusade A Duty-Dance With Death

Kurt Vonnegut

Centring on the infamous fire-bombing of Dresden in the Second World War, Billy Pilgrim's odyssey through time reflects the journey of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning in what we are afraid to know.

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Cloudstreet: the play

Cloudstreet: the play

Nick Enright, Justin Monjo, Tim Winton

A sprawling stage adaptation of Tim Winton's award-winning novel. Cloudstreet follows the fluctuating fortunes of two families who inhabit a rambling old house in Perth.

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The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

Anne Bronte, Stevie Davies

Gilbert Markham is deeply intrigued by Helen Graham, a beautiful and secretive young woman who has moved into nearby Wildfell Hall with her young son. He is quick to offer Helen his friendship, but when her reclusive behaviour...

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Bleak House

Bleak House

Charles Dickens, Dr. Nicola Bradbury, Terry Eagleton

As the interminable case of 'Jarndyce and Jarndyce' grinds its way through the Court of Chancery, it draws together a disparate group of people: Ada and Richard Clare, whose inheritance is gradually being devoured by legal costs;...

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Gwen Harwood Collected Poems

Gwen Harwood Collected Poems

Gwen Harwood, Gregory Kratzmann, Alison Hoddinott

Based on thorough research by editors who knew and corresponded with the late poet, this extraordinary collection contains poems from all of Harwood's published books, a large section of unpublished work, and illuminating...

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Dance of the Happy Shades

Dance of the Happy Shades

Alice Munro

Alice Munro's territory is the farms and semi-rural towns of south-western Ontario. In these tales she deals with the self-discovery of adolescence, the joys and pains of love and the despair and guilt of those caught in a narrow...

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