This workbook will assist students to critically study Kazuo Ishiguro’s An Artist of the Floating World (AFW). The unit begins by introducing students to the rubric (language) of the syllabus and connects these to AFW. Relevant readings that give insights into the text are introduced and explored. Students will consider Ishiguro’s personal context and key concepts such as memory and loss as well as the historical and culture context that underpins the novel. Other distinctive qualities such as structure, plot, characters, setting and themes are also addressed. Students will analyse the ideas and concepts conveyed and how these relate to AFW. The last part of the unit focuses on Paper 2, Section II of the HSC English exam by guiding students through the process of writing a critical study of literature essay.
Students have the opportunity to learn about:
- critically studying a text
- meaning of textual integrity
- Ishiguro’s social and historical context
- Ishiguro’s personal context and how this has influenced his work
- distinct qualities of the text in terms of construction, content and language
- critically and imaginatively exploring distinctive qualities and ideas explored in AFW
- preparation for HSC English Paper 1 examination.
Students have the opportunity to learn to:
- prepare for the HSC English examination Paper 2, Section II
- analyse how AFW works together as a whole to create textual integrity
- practise identifying theoretical influences in AFW
- practise answering HSC examination style questions.