*EXAM HELP THREAD* English Literature Section A - Struggle for Identity

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Soooo I am not terribly confident about the AQA English Literature Struggle For Identity exam, and I'm sure I'm not the only one!

If there is anyone who took the exam last year or in a previous year who got a good grade and wants to offer help and advice, I think it would be really helpful for people like me who are starting to panic already!

First off, wider reading!! We've done loads of wider reading on racism, so if a Martin Luther King speech comes up again - or something similar - then I'll be verrrrry happy! I feel so unprepared on the topic of feminism though: has anyone got any good wider reading sources for it?
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Can someone please inform me as to how many wider readings we are supposed to put in the first question!!! :mad:
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In terms of feminism..
PROSE;
The Great Gatsby- F.Scott Fitzgerald
'she told me it was a girl so i turned away and wept'
The Color Purple- Alice Walker
POETRY;
Pygmalions Bride- CA Duffy
DRAMA;
Top Girls- Caryl Churchill
A Streetcar Named Desire- Tennessee Williams
A Dolls House- Heinrick Ibsen

There are plenty more but i think these are easiest,
and they all have strong contextual elements!
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Hi can anyone tell me whether we 100% get the Feminine Gospels the anthology itself in the exam? Thanks
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I'm doing Owen Sheers poetry, but i know i certainly do get the text in the exam.
For this reason i am certain you should get your text in the exam as there would be no way for you to take one in so the only option is one to be provided :-)
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(Original post by carissawilletts)
Hi can anyone tell me whether we 100% get the Feminine Gospels the anthology itself in the exam? Thanks

It might be different for every school but last year I took this exam and our teacher provided us each with a blank copy of Feminine Gospels before we went into the exam. Good luck!
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Can someone please inform me as to how many wider readings we are supposed to put in the first question!!! :mad:
Minimum is three; one prose, one drama and one poem.

From the exam paper itself: 'In your response to this section of the paper you must refer to your wider reading across all three genres (prose, poetry and drama).'
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Why would you quote Ibsen? 'A Doll's House' was written in the 19th century, this exam is based on 20th and 21st century writers - examiner's reports constantly criticise the use of non-modern texts.
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THE SPEC;
'The philosophy of the AS specification is to integrate
‘close’ and ‘wide’ reading of a range of texts between
1800 and the present day across different genres,
gender, culture, setting and place. The shared context
provides a meaningful overview for candidates of all
abilities.'
This is what it states in the spec. The only criticism in the reports of pre-19th century literature is that unless a student is thoroughly confident about their text they should not discuss it.
Purely because candidates do not give the contextual information needed for a top grade and therefor make their exam significantly harder.
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how's everyone feeling for this?
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so so so nervous, anyone fancy sharing notes on feminine gospels?
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http://getrevising.co.uk/diagrams/fe...arol_ann_duffy

Useful for linking etc... I'm feeling quite confident for B, just go in with three poems you know really well and just try and link it to the thesis statement....
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