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For anyone who is doing the AQA A LITA3 exam, Love Through the Ages, or who has already done it and feels like contributing.

I thought we could share wider reading, quotes and information, for coursework and the exam, and just generally be there for support.


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I've uploaded the specimen paper & the exam criteria for anybody interested.
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For anyone who is doing the AQA A LITA3 exam, Love Through the Ages, or who has already done it and feels like contributing.

I thought we could share wider reading, quotes and information, for coursework and the exam, and just generally be there for support.


I'm doing this exam in June
What texts are you doing for coursework? I'm doing "Measure for Measure" - Shakespeare, "Enduring Love" - Ian McEwan, and something else, which is probably going to be "Wuthering Heights".
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Hi, finally someone replies!

For Shakespeare it's either going to be King Lear or A Midsummer Night's Dream. I'm not sure what I'm going to compare it with yet. For some reason I've been focusing more on the exam, even though that's further away.
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Hi, finally someone replies!

For Shakespeare it's either going to be King Lear or A Midsummer Night's Dream. I'm not sure what I'm going to compare it with yet. For some reason I've been focusing more on the exam, even though that's further away.
Hello! :hello: I'd have expected more people to reply, to be honest...
"A Midsummer Night's Dream" is better! Wait... you get a choice in your school?
What did you do last year? As in, did you do Victorian literature, or WW2, or Struggle for Identity?
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I think we're just earlybirds - probably a little premature for such a thread

Yep, I have two teachers and each are teaching a Shakespeare text, and we can choose any accompanying text of our choice. I think AMND is more fitting but I like King Lear a lot more. How are you liking Enduring Love? I read it a couple of years ago & had mixed feelings about it.

I did Vic Lit last year, how about you? How did you find the exam?
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I think we're just earlybirds - probably a little premature for such a thread

Yep, I have two teachers and each are teaching a Shakespeare text, and we can choose any accompanying text of our choice. I think AMND is more fitting but I like King Lear a lot more. How are you liking Enduring Love? I read it a couple of years ago & had mixed feelings about it.

I did Vic Lit last year, how about you? How did you find the exam?
It is rather early... :rolleyes:
We have two teachers as well - one who teaches Shakespeare and the other who is quickly going over Enduring Love with us - I first read it last year at the start of my AS course (asked an A2 student what texts they were doing ) and found it quite interesting - I thought the first chapter was brilliant - was a bit confused about the bit where Joe remembered about the syndrome, but getting it on the re-read!
I did Struggle for Identity last year - definitely an interesting topic that makes this year's literature seem comparatively happy! The exam I found to my liking ...just a shame coursework pulled my grade down slightly
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Struggle for Identity looks more interesting than Victorian Lit was, definitely. I'm the other way round, I thought the coursework went well but the exam was really hard.

Who did you have as your set poet? I had Thomas Hardy.
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Struggle for Identity looks more interesting than Victorian Lit was, definitely. I'm the other way round, I thought the coursework went well but the exam was really hard.

Who did you have as your set poet? I had Thomas Hardy.
I had "The World's Wife" - Carol Ann Duffy.
Was Hardy sad? The main Hardy text which I've read so far is "Tess of the d'Ubervilles" (and I cannot spell that!) and that was quite sad
Yeah, my coursework ended up too long... by about 500 words or so :o: So it was moderated down. It is partly the school's fault though - they kept telling it was the deadline when it wasn't, and then they suddenly took them all in without telling all of us!
Struggle for Identity was the best :p:
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Pessimistic more than sad. Hardy was a right old cynic. But there were a few good ones in there.

We've been reading The World's Wife for A2 actually, because it fits some of the themes of love. I love her style, even if she's a bit of a man-hater... :-)

The AS exam was so short! I spent for too long on the context question and had to rush through the Hardy one. The context question was awful - about the railways!

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About LITA3: What do you think is more important to focus on, the themes of love or the time period? Or is it 50/50?
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Pessimistic more than sad. Hardy was a right old cynic. But there were a few good ones in there.

We've been reading The World's Wife for A2 actually, because it fits some of the themes of love. I love her style, even if she's a bit of a man-hater... :-)

The AS exam was so short! I spent for too long on the context question and had to rush through the Hardy one. The context question was awful - about the railways!

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About LITA3: What do you think is more important to focus on, the themes of love or the time period? Or is it 50/50?
I loved The World's Wife Though I believe I did terribly in it in the exam! I think I got almost full marks in the unseen in the exam, but did much worse in the poetry section!
Context was a huge Assessment Objective in LITA1 - though we didn't actually have to put that much in... I think it's the same for LITA3... if anything, more inportant!
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hey guys
ive started doing this course this year and am finding it really hard
ive never really read anything that hasn't been modern literature
and were focusing alot on the older stuff,
also this year we've been messed around for teachers alot, so were not getting taught an awful lot new on the topic =[
i think its a good idea to set up a support thread

anyways if anyone doing this topic learns anything that really helps them then if they could share that info or even just some notes that would be great
right now im just doing this assignment and i need to write about three peices of texts that represent love in different time periods...
any suggestions? im struggling lol, it can be prose, poetry or drama =]
thanks ^_^
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hey guys
ive started doing this course this year and am finding it really hard
ive never really read anything that hasn't been modern literature
and were focusing alot on the older stuff,
also this year we've been messed around for teachers alot, so were not getting taught an awful lot new on the topic =[
i think its a good idea to set up a support thread

anyways if anyone doing this topic learns anything that really helps them then if they could share that info or even just some notes that would be great
right now im just doing this assignment and i need to write about three peices of texts that represent love in different time periods...
any suggestions? im struggling lol, it can be prose, poetry or drama =]
thanks ^_^
Well it's good in a way that you've been doing modern literature because you can compare it to the older texts. Which are you doing by the way? Shakespeare?

About your assignment, does it need to be any particular theme of love or not? I'd try to space them out, have one Shakespeare, one Victorian and one modern, or something like that.

Hope I can be more help in future!
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Possible wider reading

Pursuit
All in Green - E.E. Cummings
Troilus and Criseyde - Geoffrey Chaucer
Maud - Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Emma - Jane Austen
Paradise Lost - John Milton

Unrequited love
Venus and Adonis - William Shakespeare
The Folly of Being Comforted - W.B.Yeats
The Waves - Virginia Woolf
Warming her Pearls - Carol Ann Duffy
A Midsummer Night's Dream - Shakespeare

Forbidden or transgressive love
The God of Small Things - Arundhati Roy
'Tis Pity She's a Whore - John Ford
The Duchess of Malfi - John Webster
Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit - Jeannette Winterson

Familial love
The Mill on the Floss - George Eliot
Morning Song - Sylvia Plath
A Handful of Dust - Evelyn Waugh
The Vortex - Noel Coward
King Lear - Shakespeare

Friendship / Platonic love
The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
Sonnet 104 - Shakespeare
Waiting for Godot - Samuel Beckett
The Thing in the Forest - A.S. Byatt

Love lost or betrayed
A Doll's House - Henrik Ibsen
Neutral Tones - Thomas Hardy
Testament of Youth - Vera Brittain
After You'd Gone - Maggie O'Farrell
In Memoriam - Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Poem 1789 - Emily Dickinson
Absent of Thee I Languish Still - John Wilmot

Marriage and Proposals
The Painted Veil - W. Somerset Maugham
On Chesil Beach - Ian McEwan
Hard Times - Charles Dickens
King Lear - William Shakespeare
Any Austen pretty much!
Middlemarch - George Eliot

Love of God, Nature and Country
Oranges are Not the Only Fruit - Jeannette Winterson
On My First Daughter - Ben Jonson
Poems of Christina Rossetti
Poems of Coleridge
The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway
Henry V - Shakespeare
Richard II - "


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Here are a couple of word documents to help with form, structure & language
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Hey guys. I'm also doing this course for A2 but am finding it a bit overwhelming if I'm honest! We've also been mixed up quite a lot with teachers which has been difficult but I'm a bit unsure as to how to start setting out my wider reading! We're supposed to have a wider reading journal but I did that last year and found that I didn't really use it when it came to my actual exam. How is everyone else setting out their wider reading? So far I've read 1984, The Color Purple, The Woman Who Walked into Doors, Othello (coursework text), The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale (coursework text) and then a few poems.

I guess I want to make my "reading journal" concise so that it's easy to learn from in June but I'm not sure what I need to include/whether I should put quotes in terms of themes or what.

I probably should have made notes on the first three books as I was reading them but I haven't aha!
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did anyone have any problems with the A/S papers? over half people in our school got marked wrong, and we are an english specialist school :/ and i have to retake victorian literature in january because i got a U, which is clearly wrong, as I got high A*s in GCSE and am doing it at uni!
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Hey guys. I'm also doing this course for A2 but am finding it a bit overwhelming if I'm honest! We've also been mixed up quite a lot with teachers which has been difficult but I'm a bit unsure as to how to start setting out my wider reading! We're supposed to have a wider reading journal but I did that last year and found that I didn't really use it when it came to my actual exam. How is everyone else setting out their wider reading? So far I've read 1984, The Color Purple, The Woman Who Walked into Doors, Othello (coursework text), The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale (coursework text) and then a few poems.

I guess I want to make my "reading journal" concise so that it's easy to learn from in June but I'm not sure what I need to include/whether I should put quotes in terms of themes or what.

I probably should have made notes on the first three books as I was reading them but I haven't aha!
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I'm putting mine under loose themes of different types of love but also trying to vary them as much as possible in terms of when they were written.
I haven't done a "reading journal" as such. I bought a big ringbinder and I'm storing all the texts I've looked at and their notes under either prose, poetry or drama.
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did anyone have any problems with the A/S papers? over half people in our school got marked wrong, and we are an english specialist school :/ and i have to retake victorian literature in january because i got a U, which is clearly wrong, as I got high A*s in GCSE and am doing it at uni!
Hmm, strange. My experience was the opposite. I felt I did terribly in the exam, only half-finished the Hardy question and was lost for what drama wider reading to use for the context question. You can imagine my surprise when I got an A! Part of me wonders if I was marked too highly. It was a v. difficult exam.

Btw, if you need any Thomas Hardy notes (assuming you did him) I have loads
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I'm putting mine under loose themes of different types of love but also trying to vary them as much as possible in terms of when they were written.
I haven't done a "reading journal" as such. I bought a big ringbinder and I'm storing all the texts I've looked at and their notes under either prose, poetry or drama.
Same with the ringbinder! I've gone for a bigger one this year - my one last year was a standard sized one, and was full to bursting at the end of the year... on one particular day, I dropped it and the pages went everywhere since the binder just sprang open And the pages got all wet... *sob*
I've put quotes under chapters, as well as characters. I do a wider reading chart at the front as well, with five columns: Social/historial context, Theme, Author's purpose and thoughts, Key quotes, Links to other texts. One well-spaced side of A4 per book :yep:
Aren't I organised? :p:
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