A-Level English Lit.Watch
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Found it good considering I'm doing a degree in English.
Texts we studied at AS were: Birdsong, Regeneration, Oxford Book of War Poetry, Not About Heroes and Journeys End.
A2: Wuthering Heights, Enduring Love, Othello, Picture of Dorian Gray and A Woman of No Importance.
Tips: make sure you actually read your set texts more than once and practice those essays! Also make sure you know a little about linguistics and a lot about literary terminologies, concepts and theories. For example at least two theories would suffice.
At AS level the exam texts were : Duffy and Pugh Poetry along with Kindertransport (a play) by Diane Samuels.
The AS coursework texts were: The Great Gatsby which you had to do a comparison essay on. I chose to compare it with The Grapes of Wrath. For the creative writing coursework, I took inspiration from Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar
At A2 the exam texts were: King Lear, Oedipus Rex, The Wife of Bath's Prologue & Tale but also unseen Poetry
The A2 coursework texts were: Jane Eyre, Keats, Wide Sargasso Sea
We also looked at other texts throughout the course including: The Wasp Factory, The Collector, The Bloody Chamber & The Yellow Wallpaper. We were also encouraged to read widely outside of lessons.
Advice I would have is ask for help if you are stuck & read all of the texts you are given,
If you want any other tips or have any questions feel free to ask me
AS poetry - Philip Larkin and Dannie Abse
AS novels - The Great Gatsby and Atonement
AS play - Dancing at Lughnasa
A2 poetry - William Blake, and Christina Rossetti
A2 plays - The Tempest, Dr Faustus and A Streetcar Named Desire
A2 novels - Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit
My tips would be: read the novels/plays the summer before the course, so when the rest of the class starts reading them you can re-read them and therefore notice more things.
Also, make sure you do your contextual research, as context became quite a big deal at A level.
Feel free to ask any more questions if you need to