Incoming Year 12s studying English Literature next year: here is your transition work.
If you have any questions about any of the work detailed here, please contact the A Level English Literature Coordinator, Mrs Ludford (firstname.lastname@example.org).
You need to read Othello by William Shakespeare and Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller.
You can get hold of the appropriate editions of each text at the links below. (To save money, you could buy a second-hand copy.)
You must bring these books with you when you start back after the holiday. We’d also like you to make a bulletpointed synopsis of both of these texts.
You might also want to read the following texts in preparation for the coursework element of the qualification:
- A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
- The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter
- The Yellow Wall-Paper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
1. Read the interview with Terry Eagleton and answer the following questions in detail.
(a) What, according to Eagleton, is the role of literary theory when analysing texts?
(b) What does Eagleton believe makes a good English student?
2. Read this article from the British Library and answer the following questions.
(a) When Keats’ admirers praised him for thinking ‘on his pulses’, what did they mean?
(b) When did Keats die?
(c) In which year did the first biography of Keats appear?
(d) Where did Keats originally train before giving it up for poetry?
(e) Which two social upheavals influenced Romantic poets like Keats?
3. Read this article from the British Library and then summarise, in your own words, what makes a Shakespearean tragedy.
4. Read the article from emagazine below, and then writer half a page in response to the following statement: ‘Simon Bubb argues that Iago’s lack of humanity is what Shakespeare is most interested in sharing.’ To what extent do you agree?
5. Read the task sheet titled The Canon (link below). For each of the authors listed, write the title of at least one of their works and the genre.
Remember that you must bring evidence of all tasks having been completed to your first English Literature lesson next term.
Enjoy the summer!