Lucie Aubrac

In our writing and oral subject, we searched in different groups information of one character that had an important role during WW2. Then we did a presentation of this character. I did my presentation about Lucie Aubrac, with Sybilla Correa Perkins and Martina Ibarbia. Hope you like it!

 

The Lost Woman

Today we read a poem called “The Last Woman” by Patricia beer. We had to find information about the author and we have to check a slideshare of contemporary literature features that the students of Senior 2 made.

 

Slide Share

This presentation was made by two students from Senior 2 about Contemporary LIterature.

 

Patricia Beer

Patricia Beer (1924-1999) was born in Exmouth, Devon, into a Plymouth Brethren family, a childhood she recalls vividly in her autobiography Mrs Beer’s House. Educated at Exmouth Grammar School, Exeter University and Oxford, she lived in Italy lecturing in English and later taught at Goldsmith’s College. Her niece, the novelist Patricia Duncker, recalls the Beer of this period as being “glamorous, widely travelled and extremely well-read”. Certainly the last two qualities are evident in her poetry though her culture and learning are worn lightly. She began her writing career in the 50s and was at first influenced by the poetics of the preceding decade, with is reliance on what she termed the “myth-kitty”. However, she soon found a more modest tone suited her better and established the style that she largely adhered to for the rest of her life. Key subjects and recurring themes in her writing tend to the traditional – the workings of good and evil, God and religious belief, love, nature and the passing of time – but she brought to bear on these a wary and wry power of observation, what Duncker has called “her ruthless imagination”. As well as her seven collections of poetry and autobiography she published a volume of literary criticism on Victorian fiction, Reader: I Married Him, and a novel set in 16th century Devon, Moon’s Ottery. Following her marriage she moved back to the county of her birth and lived there until her death in 1999.

The two poems featured in the Archive are both about death, a subject she returned to constantly, in particular how the dead haunt the living. ‘The Lost Woman’ is an uncomfortable elegy for her mother which acknowledges the tendency to idealise the dead but also reveals a complex legacy of envy and insecurity. Unlike the placid, benign female muses of other poets, Beer’s mother speaks to her in sharp tones, undermining her authority as a writer. This is a struggle about voice, about who is allowed to speak and what they can say, and as such it’s instructive to hear the poem spoken aloud together with her revealing introduction. This time it’s the dead mother who has the last word: “I am not lost”. In style the poem is characteristic of Beer’s informal-sounding but tightly controlled verse – the basic rhyme structure is ababcc but the effect is softened through half-rhyme and enjambment. ‘The Conjuror’ displays an equally unshowy technique, together with an element of sly de-bunking humour reminiscent of Stevie Smith whom Beer knew. The idea of a conjuror’s grave is a strong one and Beer seizes on its implications with a spiky glee as she describes the ultimate vanishing trick.

 

Characteristics of Contemporary Literature

 

1. Uses code switching between elevated literary language and “lower” forms, between high art and low art

2. Deploys metafictional techniques to draw our attention to the work’s relationship (or non-relationship) to “reality”

3. Emphasizes performative nature of our identities; they aren’t “true” or natural but just seem that way because they are consistent and persistent

4. Emphasizes fragmentation in human experience of postmodern culture, and as an artistic strategy

5. Breaks down our faith in the supremacy of the rational, scientific human being (e.g. comparisons between animals and humans and machines)

6. Questions our ability to understand ourselves and our culture

7. Questions omniscience by questioning our ability to accurately see reality

8. Questions the link between language and reality (everything is a biased representation)

9. Depicts border-crossing and migration as fundamental to human experience

10. Emphasizes the permeability of old boundaries: between men and women; between the East and the West; between high and low culture

11. Shows people struggling to find meaning in a world that doesn’t offer us the old assurances (of either faith or science)

 

War Horse

Our language teacher gave as a homework. It consisted in making a dialogue between the author of “War Horse”, Michael Morpurgo, and me after seeing this video. We have to interviewed him and made him questions.

Dialogue:

Then, we had another homework. It consisted in saying why we liked “War Horse” and, after that, making a poster. I did the poster with Victoria Landolfo.

The League of Nations 1920s

In our history class, with our history teacher, Lenny Ambrosini, we are studying the League of Nations at the 1920s. To study it we made some groups. Each group had one different topic, and we presented the topics in class. The presentations were the followings…

The Structure of The League: By Vignesh Manwani, Gonzalo Criniti, Santiago Blasco & Benjamin Mayol.

This thinglink explains the different sections of the League of Nations and it’s purpose.

 

 

Aims & Membership: By Ines Galmarini, Flor Claps & Martina Ibarbia.

This thinglink explains the aims and the members of the League of Nations.

 

 

Achievements: By Jerónimo Leguizamón, María Roggero, Federika Marty & me.

This thinglink explains the achievements of the league which were the refugees, the transport, the health, the working conditions and the social problems.

 

 

Disarmament: By Sybilla Correa Perkins, Rosario Segura & Milagros Mendez

This thinglink explains the disarmament that the League of Nations made and the international agreements that were signed to make a more peaceful world.

 

 

Vilna & The Geneva Protocol: By Silvestre Braun, Lucas Campión & Lola Argento

This thinglink explains two failures of the League, which were, Vilna and the Geneva Protocol.

 

 

Corfu & Bulgaria: Victoria Landolfo, Milagros Montanelli, Margarita Muller & Rosario Vago This thinglink explains one failure (Corfu) and one succed (Bulgaria) of the League of Nations.     Upper Silesia and Aaland Island: Martin Anania, Ignacio Maestro Malek & Fransisco Lusso This thinglink explains the dispute between Germany and Poland over Upper Silesia and the dispute between Finland and Sweden to have the Aaland Islands.