English Language

Course Name: English Literature

Exam board and qualification: AQA Syllabus A

Text Book: n/a

If available online link to it (CLA): Not currently available

Recommended Reading: 

Classic 19th C texts

Any novel by the following authors- an example is listed:

Jane Austen - Pride and Prejudice

Charles Dickens - Hard Times

Thomas Hardy -Tess of the D’Urbervilles

George Eliot -The Mill on the Floss

Charlotte Bronte - Jane Eyre

Dracula – Bram Stoker

Classic 20th or 21st century texts

George Orwell -1984

Scott Fitzgerald- The Great Gatsby

Margaret Attwood – The Handmaid’s Tale

Toni Morrison – Beloved

Ian McEwan - Atonement

Sebastian Faulks - Birdsong

Yann Martel– The Life of Pi

Jean Rhys – Wide Sargasso Sea

Andrea Levy – Notes from a Small Island

Relevant Websites:

Culture in Quarantine BBC iplayer. A range of Shakespeare texts including Othello, which the students will study next year.

National Theatre at home: there are new National Theatre productions being shown every Thursday up to September.

Mr Hart also has a login for the National Theatre collection, which includes theatre productions of ‘Othello’, ‘Jane Eyre’, ‘Frankenstein’ and many more. Please email him for the login details at staffth@allhallows.org.uk.

Youtube / videos?

There are numerous adaptions of many of these texts available on youtube etc. Eg The Francis Ford Coppola version of Dracula is on youtube at the minute. There are also videos of ‘The Great Gatsby’, ‘Atonement’, ‘Life of Pi’, ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and ‘Tess of the D’Urbervilles’ and many more which are available to watch.

Tasks: If you are thinking of A level English Literature, the best way to prepare is by reading. With a long summer ahead, we’d like you to read a classic from the Classic 19th century and the Classic 20/21st century list below to get you in the right mindset for A level study. Be warned the 19th century texts are difficult and often long! Also be aware that these are all adult texts and as such may include adult themes and language.

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