The course aims to develop skills of critical analysis and understanding of a wide range of written and spoken texts from a range of different time periods. You will study individual works of literature and develop understanding of the important links to their cultural, literary and social contexts.
You will develop your ability to respond to a wide range of different literary and non-literary texts: including poetry, novels, drama, travel writing, biographies, reports and speeches.
You will be assessed through class discussion, presentations, independent research and formal essay writing.
Poetry and Unseen text comparative
You will study an anthology that covers a range of poetry from the late-sixteenth century up to 1914. Alongside this you will be introduced to the analysis of a wide range of literary and non-literary texts and become familiar with the linguistic and literary analysis of language.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams. This drama is a fascinating exploration of family tensions in 1950s America.
Non-Literary Texts: (open-book, clean copy)
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. This classic novel combines real events and fiction to dramatise a crime that shocked America in 1959.
Critical and Creative Genre Study Coursework
You will begin a study of the Gothic Genre, studying Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier and The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter. This will lead to an extended essay and two pieces of creative writing.
Year Two in brief:
You will go on to study Atonement by Ian McEwan, Much Ado about Nothing by William Shakespeare, Spoken Language analysis and further study of unseen texts.
Why study Language and Literature?
If you have enjoyed studying English Language and Literature at GCSE and are keen to read a wide range of texts including poetry, novels and plays then this is a course you are likely to enjoy. If you also enjoy reading non-literary texts and producing your own creative writing pieces then this could be a good choice for you.
This course is also recommended for students who enjoy analysing literature and non-fiction through class discussions and group work.
English Language and Literature is a course, which combines very well with many other A levels such as History, Classical Civilisation, Theology, and Psychology.
Many students who study one or more of the sciences also enjoy English Language and Literature and enjoy the challenges of different academic disciplines.
An English Language and Literature A level will lead onto the study of the subject at Degree level.
English Literature – if you prefer to focus on reading and discussing literary texts (novels, plays, poetry, short stories)
English Language – if you prefer to study short extracts and learn more about the technical side of language, including spoken language and the more social aspects of language use (issues of class, gender, accent, etc.)
What makes Loreto’s English department unique?
The English department at Loreto is lively and extremely well qualified, with a broad range of specialisms and interests – many of the staff are interested in creative writing and write themselves.
There are many opportunities for visits – particularly to the theatre and occasionally to films, and to museums and places of local interest to stimulate writing.
We encourage visits by professional writers. Many in the department are also experienced examiners in both literature and language.
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