Module A - Such good options to choose from
It is wonderful to be well underway with the 'Advanced' textbook. The 'Metropolis' and '1984' Dystopic pairing should prove popular in Elective 2 - 'Intertextual Perspectives' because of the rich contextual underpinning for each text. The contextual impact on each composer is also clearly evident. Teachers who have previously taught '1984' in a number of different guises either as a 'Powerplay' Year 12 text or as an excellent Preliminary text will be able to make use of pre-existing resources they already have to prepare for this textual pairing. I would handle the texts chronologically to emphasise how the societal and cultural aftermath of war has negatively shaped the compositional eras involved. Post W.W.I. Weimar Germany had to deal with hyperinflation, rioting in the streets and a prevailing sense of social and political anxiety. Post W.W.II Britain struggled with a continuation of the stringent rationing that had been necessary during the war as well as Cold War politics. Both texts are dystopic, using a futuristic timeframe to explore existing issues and concerns. Lang's 'Metropolis' is an iconic, German Expressionist science fiction film that resonates with concerns about Modern capitalism. Orwell's '1984' explores the threats of Totalitarianism and Propaganda. They remain relevant to contemporary audiences for as stated in the Novel in Chapter 3, 'The object of power is power'. I think students will enjoy both texts and be able to evaluate their intertextual connections and shared perspectives.
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