A Home in Fiction

Topics: Religion, World peace, Peace Pages: 8 (2270 words) Published: April 19, 2015
A Home in Fiction – Geraldine Brooks
Boyer Lectures 2011: ‘The Idea of Home’
Immediate audience were those listening to the Boyer Lectures Lectures broadcast on the ABC’s Radio National on Sydney afternoons The audience is intelligent and well-informed audience with an interest in the areas of science, books, religion, social history, the arts and current affairs. Brookes’ lecture: those who are lovers of fiction and those who seek to be familiar with recent intellectual/ academic ideas. Purpose of lectures is to nurture the intellectual and cultural life of this country, and to be a vital element of the contemporary Australian conversation Structure:

Effective link to mathematician, ends with a reference of Henry James, reassuring the power words Context:
Discovery of how words are power and the key to knowledge
Literature was written a long time ago has influenced people in different ways throughout different periods of time The power of literature stood the test of time and still influenced generations after generations. Julia Gillard was Prime Minister  feminist, hence build female protagonist Personal context  as her being a writer, relevant to audience on educations Purpose:

To convey how mathematics is like poetry
Explore the role of fiction writers in contributing to society Reflects her life in journalism and as a fiction writer, the role of facts in fiction The craft of the creative writing process
Key Ideas:
Examines the complexity of English words and all the hidden depths of meaning they can contain Fiction has its origins in fact and it has power and value on our society The power and value of fiction, power of knowledge to uncover realities An author, like a mathematician, is searching for truth, which is quest-like Like Atwood and Lessing, she talks about the power of language as a vehicle for exploring social issues and timeless human concerns of equality. Universal idea of learning

Significance of literature in answering the large questions of who we are and how we should live Blowing dust recurring theme, signifying hopelessness
Hear voices from the past which she uses to give life to her writing, reveals history as a basis to fiction Learning (universal); the way we learn about the world around us Relationship between fact and fiction and its power to share ideas Techniques:

‘Shaft of light’
Reveals how from the lecture, Brooks is unexpectedly engaged, and the metaphor reveals her stepping into an unknown world and seeing things differently, as new knowledge is obtained. ‘Prising open the heavy door, just a crack’

Between negative expectation and her ignorance towards her renewed engagement with the topic of mathematics and finding new understanding resulting in a renewed purpose. This reveals the significance of knowledge in influencing the ideas of an individual, hence knowledge has power. ‘Let us gather facts…in order to have ideas’

Literary quote
She uses a literary quote “Let us gather facts…in order to have ideas” to illustrate how facts are the foundations of fiction. ‘Materials that I started assembling with from the time I became literate…throughout my career into journalism and into fiction’ Recurring motif of building

She creates an image of struggle through the motif of building, but highlights the power gained from it. Reinforces Lessing’s view of educational knowledge is key to success but you must ‘build’ your way with words to obtain this knowledge. Knowledge is power and literary key to communication. Portrays literature as knowledge of the world, directly reflecting her career as a journalist, where she is constantly finding new information about the world. ‘You come back the next day and you cannot bear to look at it’ Second Person

‘Words are stones, and the book is a wall’. Brookes uses the metaphor of building, which directly refers to having to choose the right stone to be able to...
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