Deconstructing Perspectives introduces the reader to the theory that underlies Post-structuralist analysis of texts. It deals with perspectives, representation, meaning, language, truth, ideology, discourse, context, cultural identity, inter-textuality, deconstruction, dominant and resistant readings, authority, responding and composing. The book is structured around the concept of justice and presents a number of representations of the concept in a wide range of textual forms. The concept is defined and brainstormed for its manifestations in the real world as justice issues. It examines the concept of justice in Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible. Student responses to the reading of The Crucible are illustrated through a reading journal type of response and a model entry is provided. The language, forms and features of a wide range of textual forms that can be used to represent the concept of justice are discussed and illustrated through examples.
These textual forms include: persuasive speech, poem, short story, personal letter, reflective essay, satirical essay, feature article, cartoon, letter to the editor, opinion piece, review, interview, report, informative article and pamphlet. Exercises on how to analyse and interpret these examples provide practice in developing sophisticated comprehension skills. Detailed instructions about how to construct these text types are provided.
This book is clearly written, makes complex ideas accessible and facilitates learning. It provides excellent opportunities for students in Years 10 and 11 to develop sophisticated reading and writing skills. The discussion of language techniques can be used selectively in years 7-9. It can be used as a complete program or parts of it can be adapted to the concept – based units of Justice and Power or more general units such as Satire, Poetry or Persuasion.