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English Literature Coursework A21

Specification

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(PDF), Last Updated: 18 August 2015
For first teaching from September 2008. For first award of AS Level in Summer 2009. For first award of A Level in Summer 2010. Subject Code: 5110

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The GCE English Literature specification is made up of two parts: AS and A2. Students may take the AS as a ‘stand alone’ qualification without progression to A2. However, to gain the full GCE, students need to complete both the AS and the A2 courses.

The AS 1, AS 2, A2 1 and A2 2 units are as follows:

AS 1: The Study of Drama - Internal Assessment

Section A: The Study of Shakespeare

Students study one of the following texts:

  • Henry IV Part I
  • Antony and Cleopatra
  • The Tempest
  • As You Like It
  • Richard II

Section B: The Study of a Twentieth Century Dramatist

Students study two plays by one of the following post-1900 dramatists:

  • Edward Albee
  • Alan Bennett
  • Caryl Churchill
  • Brian Friel
  • Arthur Miller
  • Sean O’Casey
  • Harold Pinter
  • Peter Shaffer
  • Tom Stoppard
  • Timberlake Wertenbaker
  • Tennessee Williams

AS 2: The Study of Poetry Written after 1800 and The Study of Prose 1800 - 1945

Section A: The Study of Poetry Written after 1800

Students study a set of paired texts by one of the following paired poets:

  • Hopkins and Dickinson
  • Duffy and Lochhead
  • Heaney and Montague
  • Thomas (E) and Frost
  • Yeats and Kavanagh

Section B: The Study of Prose 1800 – 1945

Students study one of the following texts:

  • Jane Austen: Mansfield Park
  • Emily Bronte: Wuthering Heights
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby
  • E.M. Forster: A Passage to India
  • Elizabeth Gaskell: North and South
  • Thomas Hardy: The Mayor of Casterbridge

A2 1: The Study of Poetry – 1300-1800 and Drama

Section A: Poetry from 1300-1800

Students study one of the following texts:

  • Chaucer: The Pardoner’s Prologue and Tale
  • Donne: Selected Poems
  • Pope: The Rape of the Lock
  • Goldsmith: Selected Poems

Section B: Drama

Students study one of the following sets of paired texts:

Satire

  • Johnson: Volpone
  • Sheridan : The School for Scandal

Historical Drama

  • Eliot: Murder in the Cathedral
  • Bolt: A Man for all Seasons

Drama of Social Realism

  • Isben: A Doll’s House
  • Osborne: Look Back in Anger

Tragedy

  • Shakespeare: King Lear
  • Heaney: Burial at Thebes (Sophocles’ Antigone translated by Seamus Heaney)

A2 2: The Study of Prose – theme based

Section A: Close analysis of an extract from a post-1990 novel

Students must closely analyse an extract from one of the following novels. The themes appear in bold:

War

  • Tim O’Brien: The Things They Carried

Women in Society

  • Jennifer Johnston: The Illusionist

The Outsider

  • Patrick McCabe: The Butcher Boy

Childhood

  • Roddy Doyle: Paddy Clarke Ha-Ha-Ha

Section B: Comparison of two novels on the same theme as that chosen for Section A

Students compare two novels from the selection of three for each theme:

War

  • Stephen Crane: The Red Badge of Courage
  • Stephen Crane: The Red Badge of Courage
  • Ernest Hemingway: A Farewell to Arms
  • Kurt Vonnegut: Slaughterhouse Five

Women in Society

  • Charlotte Bronte: Jane Eyre
  • Jean Rhys: The Wide Sargasso Sea
  • Alice Walker: The Colour Purple

The Outsider

  • Nathaniel Hawthorne: The Scarlet Letter
  • Albert Camus: The Outsider
  • JD Salinger: The Catcher in the Rye

Childhood

  • Mark Twain: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • Toni Morrison: A Bluest Eye
  • JG Ballard: Empire of the Sun

More information is available in the specification.

 

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Agenda For Study

Please note that all Agenda For Study are intended as indicative guides not as comprehensive resource materials. That is, examination questions will not necessarily reflect only the themes and issues mentioned in the Agenda For Study.

EEP Eng Lit Book 5 A2 1 Jonson - Volpone. Sheridan - The School for Scandal
(PDF), Last Updated: 23 June 2011

EEP Eng Lit Book 6 A2 1 Eliot - Murder in the Cathedral, Bolt - A Man for All Seasons
(PDF), Last Updated: 21 April 2011

EEP Eng Lit Book 7 A2 1 Ibsen - A Doll's House, Osborne - Look Back in Anger
(PDF), Last Updated: 21 April 2011

EEP Eng Lit Book 8 A2 1 Shakespeare - King Lear, Heaney - The Burial at Thebes
(PDF), Last Updated: 21 April 2011

EEP Eng Lit Book4 A2 1 Goldsmith Selected Poems
(PDF), Last Updated: 21 April 2011

EEP EngLit Book 2 A2 1 Donne Selected Poems
(PDF), Last Updated: 21 April 2011

EEP EngLit Book 3 A2 1 Pope The Rape of the Lock
(PDF), Last Updated: 21 April 2011

Section A: The Study of Poetry from 1300-1800, Chaucer: The Pardoner's Tale
(PDF), Last Updated: 17 August 2011

Section A: The Study of Poetry from 1300-1800, Donne: Selected Poems
(PDF), Last Updated: 17 August 2011

Section A: The Study of Poetry from 1300-1800, Goldsmith: Selected Poems
(PDF), Last Updated: 17 August 2011

Section A: The Study of Poetry from 1300-1800, Pope: The Rape of the Lock
(PDF), Last Updated: 17 August 2011

Section B: The Study of Drama, A21 Section B: Teaching Tragedy
(PDF), Last Updated: 17 August 2011

Section B: The Study of Drama, Drama of Social Realism
(PDF), Last Updated: 17 August 2011

Section B: The Study of Drama, Historical Drama
(PDF), Last Updated: 17 August 2011

Section B: The Study of Drama, Satire
(PDF), Last Updated: 17 August 2011

Section B: The Study of Drama, Tragedy
(PDF), Last Updated: 17 August 2011

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