Discovery: An Area of Study

Author: Barbara Stanners, Publisher: Phoenix

Discovery – an Area of Study provides a wide ranging textual study of the notions underpinning the concept of discovery, with emphasis on:

  • Defining and identifying conceptual meaning
  • Examining the process of representing and communicating meaning within texts
  • Evaluating textual form, structure and language
  • Interpretation of conceptual links between texts

It provides detailed analysis, questions and exercises for a broad range of ‘discovery’ texts. Deconstruction of ideas, techniques and stylistic methods help clarify how composers explore the experiential process of discovery that may take physical, intellectual or spiritual form. Textual evaluation includes, where appropriate, the varied triggers for and ramifications of what can be discovered or rediscovered, about people, places and events. Discovery – an Area of Study has a strong conceptual focus and textual evaluation of how composers develop and effectively convey abstract ideas in varied ways.


Photocopiable student worksheets are provided throughout the book making this an invaluable resource for study. The inclusion of a wide cross-section of the prescribed texts will enable teachers and students to better understand the timeless relevance of this Area of Study.

Contents - Discovery: an Area of Study

Exploring an Area of Study


Defining Discovery

Prose fiction

  • Swallow the Air , Tara June Winch


  • The Tempest,  William Shakespeare
  • Away,  Michael Gow
  • Rainbow’s End,   Jane Harrison


  • Life of Pi, Ang Lee


Robert Frost

  • A Tuft of Flowers
  • Mending Walls
  • After Apple-Picking
  • Home Burial
  • Fire and Ice
  • Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Robert Gray

  • North Coast Town
  • Flames and Dangling Wire
  • The Meatworks
  • Late Ferry
  • Diptych
  • Journey: The North Coast


Frank Hurley, The Man Who Made History - Simon Nasht

Possible Related Texts


Brief Thoughts on a Test-Tube, Miroslav Holub

The One Who Goes Away,  Sujata Bhatt

Journey to the Interior,  Margaret Atwood

Invictus, 1849–1903 William Ernest Henley (1849-1903)

Americanised, Bruce Dawe

Discovery, Wislawa Szymborska

The Story of an Hour, Kate Chopin

More Information
Year Level Year 12
Date of Publication 2014
ISBN 9781921586804
Subject English