Interstate Histories: Parramatta NSW

Originally posted on Instituting The Past:
While we are a Victorian History Library we do hold information on areas outside Victoria, to complement the Victorian history collection. An example is this history of Parramatta. Thanks to our volunteer Renee for the insight into Parramatta’s fascinating history. ? For this local history article, we will be…

El Deafo by Cece Bell

Being deaf can be pretty raw deal for someone wanting to live a full and happy life. Describing deafness in illustrated form requires an understanding of how it feels to be deaf in the first place. Cece Bell describes the journey very cleverly in her illustrated world using the graphic novel genre to her advantageContinue reading “El Deafo by Cece Bell”

Literature as a method of understanding the past

The concept of fiction as a way of understanding the past is one that resonates with me quite strongly. Call me a Pollyanna but I don’t think I could have ever understood at all the despicable standards that slave traders and Colonial ideals subjected slaves to. The sheer depth of indignity that a slave enduredContinue reading “Literature as a method of understanding the past”

The Victorians

The Victorian authors we know of today are largely overshadowed by the works and beliefs of Queen Victoria. Whatever they have written it will always be synonymous with the Victorian age. While most of us remember being told the Victorian age was a time of repression and docility, it was also a time of massContinue reading “The Victorians”

Wrap up of Canadian Lit studies

So this week I write my final essay on Canadian literature. While it has been a learning experience literature wise that’s not the greatest curveball I’ve found within this subject. Canada has a fantastic mix of nationalities, socio political issues. and literary and artistic tradition. One of the struggles that has been encapsulated is theContinue reading “Wrap up of Canadian Lit studies”

Ultimate comfort must haves

It is a cold rainy night here and I decided to make my favourite comfort food for dessert tonight….Apple and Rhubarb Bread and Butter pudding. And it was soooo good! But it got me thinking. It has been a crappy week with so many horrible things happening to good people around me and I knowContinue reading “Ultimate comfort must haves”

Start of Canadian Lit studies.

This semester I’m studying Canadian literature… Which I was warned was dry and dull. I’m pleasantly surprised to say that I’m finding it complex and really different. At the moment we are studying excerpts from the early explorers diaries and relatives stories. It makes me realise how much we take for granted that the worldContinue reading “Start of Canadian Lit studies.”