Portfolio Literature and Culture in the EFL Classroom 126225 Prof. Mag. H. WS 2011/12 Table of contents Introduction&sh­y 3 Choice of text­ 5 Lesson 1­ 6 Lesson 2­ 8 Lesson 3­ 10 Lesson 4­ 12 Conclusion­ 14 Course feedback­ 15 Bibliography&sh­y 16 Appendix­ 17 1. Introduction The role of teaching literature in the ELT classroom seems to decline. The new English-“Zentra­lma­tura” does not leave much room for novels, dramas and poems, but almost exclusively focuses on the four skills writing, speaking, reading…
Dystopian Literature: Black Sheep by Ben Peek - Portfolio
1) The protagonist, Isao Dazai is a Japanese man probably in his thirties. He is living in a world where people of different races are segregated in ghettos. Dazai has moved to Australia, Asian-Sydney with his family.
He was captured and brought to court by so called Segregators who represent the law of the United Nations and was forced to undergo a trial. He is treated violently. He has to wear chains and is kept in captivity in Sol Demie, an Assimilation Centre, while waiting for his punishment.
The crime, which he is convicted of is being Japanese, or more precisely it is being Japanese while being aware of the fact that he is living in Australia and on top of that his flaunting of being Japanese. Moreover, he is found guilty for accepting these circumstances and for not being able to leave his Japanese culture behind.
He is told that this is a crime which increases the danger of Multiculturalism. The consequence for this crime is a punishment called ‘Assimilation’. Assimilation is a cruel process by which the personality and also skin pigmentation is stripped of an individual, which is then left with only a number to identify himself.
2) The extract from the dystopian novel ‘Black Sheep’ which deals with the topic of a totalitarian state in which people are segregated by race, was written by Ben Peek and published in 2007. The excerpt is about the trial and imprisonment of the protagonist Isao Dazai.
The cruel reality of a totalitarian state is presented by many aspects.
First of all the atmosphere throughout the whole excerpt is intimidating, frightening and somehow artificial. Dazai is brought to Sol Demie, a place where everything is white (ll. 3, 25), he himself describes this colorless place as ‘sterile’ (l. 4). Moreover, the place is illuminated by neon lights (l.3) which support the sterile, artificial and in.....[read full text]
I contact you because I have heard of the fact that the publishing house you are working for is planning an anthology of dystopian literature, and that you are the one in charge of it. I would love to recommend you an extract from a novel that I recently have read on the internet because I think that it is an excellent example of a dystopian text.
First of all the story is set in the future, the freedom of the citizens of the world in this time is restricted by a totalitarian and oppressive state. The people are segregated by race, they are defined by three ‘mass racial’ categories, which are Asian, African and Caucasian.
The members of these mass racial categories are segregated into walled ghettos and it is strictly forbidden to cross the borders of these ghettos. Moreover, it is forbidden to identify yourself by your nationality, it is expected to leave behind your culture and to assimilate into the mass racia.....