Why choose English Literature?
While you are avidly reading the latest book on your shelf, do you ever ask yourself ‘What else has this author written?’ or wonder ‘What were the ideas of the period that made the writer think this way?’, ‘What did reviewers think of this book when it was first published?’ If so, English Literature is a course you will find particularly attractive.
At A level you will study eight texts and at AS four texts while being encouraged to read independently, widely and in-depth. This will include the study of all three genres: Poetry, Drama and Prose.
You will study a selection of specified modern poetry from Poems of the Decade: An Anthology of the Forward Books of Poetry 2002–2011. For the A level this will be coupled with the study of the Romantic Period with a focus on the Romantic poet, John Keats.
You will also study both the genre of comedy and tragedy with a focus on Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, and Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
You will study either the theme Science and Society or Women and Society. Science and Society with involve the study of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Margaret Attwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. The study of Women and Society will consist of Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles and Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway.
There is no coursework offered at AS level. However, coursework is offered as part of the A level course. The topic will be a study of Postcolonial Literatures.
The English Literature course does not allow you to write creatively. If you would like to be writing creatively then take a look at our English Language and Literature course.