English Literature

A LEVEL AQA BOARD

English Literature is a fantastic subject for readers and reading enthusiasts. You will learn to express yourself, develop sophisticated interpretations and construct arguments in a scholarly, academic fashion through your speech and writing. Not only do we deconstruct texts and genres – we examine history, art, politics, race, culture, identity and what it truly means to be an individual.

Curriculum

Year 1
UNIT 1: ASPECTS OF TRAGEDY
Students study three texts: Othello by William Shakespeare, Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller and the poetry of John Keats. At the core of all the set texts is a tragic hero or heroine. Their tragic flaw results in the suffering of others and ultimately their
own downfall. Students will examine and deconstruct the components of the tragic genre. Tragedy itself is an imitation, not of men, but of action and life, of happiness and misery. The tragic hero’s life consists of action, and its end should reveal an innate human truth.
 
UNIT 3: THEORY AND INDEPENDENCE - COURSEWORK
 
In this component, students write about two different literary texts. One of the texts must be a poetry text and the other must be prose. Each text must be linked to a different section of the Critical Anthology (which includes theories of Marxism, Feminism, Postcolonialism, Eco-criticism, Narrative and The Literary Canon).
 
Year 2
UNIT 2: POLITICAL AND SOCIAL PROTEST
In contrast to the literary genre of tragedy, the texts for this unit are grouped together as having elements from the more modern genre of political and social protest writing. This genre, which is heavily influenced by culture, is continually evolving. Students study three texts: The ite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood and Songs of Innocence and Experience by William Blake. All set texts foreground oppression and domination and they all anatomise the cultures we live in and have lived in over time. They also respond to an unseen passage in the exam.
 

Assessment

80% Externally Assessed Exam.
20% Internally Assessed Coursework.
Homework requirements
Wider reading/ Independent research/ Reading
classic, historical or culturally significant texts.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Mrs M Giddens: mgiddens2.312@lgflmail.org (HOF)
Mr S Matton: smatton.312@lgflmail.org (KS5)