What did you do/are you going to do for your dissertation? At our schoolthey encourage us to use books by three different authors but it seems that elsewhere they like you to study a single author. I've not decided what to do yet - it will probably either involve Woolf and modernism or Jacobean Tragedy and other C17th literature. Hmmm....
Does AH English involve alot of work? Ive just dropped it but i think i might go back to it. What does it involve?
(Do you think doing 4AHs is too much? All arts subjects, though)
I did "The Blood of Others" by Simone de Beauvoir and "Iron in the Soul" by Jean Paul Sartre and my topic was something along the lines of "the importance of setting and time in place to evoke...." I would most definitely do three different authors unless it was three very different books with a central theme such as Toni Morrison's writing, or Margaret Atwood. Also, it doesn't necessarily have to be three books. I did two, as did a couple of other people in my class, because firstly for me, it would have been ridiculous to do either of my books in 1,500 words alone - it was bad enough in 2,250 words. Secondly, a few of my classmates found that it was hard relating books to their topic and easier cutting out the one that didn't fit so well and concentrating on the two alone. The SQA's report on Advanced English said it wasn't necessary for candidates to do three anyway.
Advanced Higher English is an incredible amount of work, but for me doing the poetry of Plath, creative writing and the dissertation was one of the most stimulating and demanding courses I've ever done in my life - it changed me as a person, the way I think and work - and I'm very pleased I stuck with it.
And yes, I agree with Sophetta - if you want a life, and by that, I don't just mean going down the pub - I mean being able to read outside the syllabus, spend time preparing for university - do NOT do four Advanced Highers.
How are you guys going about doing the dissertation?
^^^I'm panicking about mines coz I can't find any notes for "Captain Corelli's Mandolin"... I'm doing a comparative study of the fictional presentation of love and war in "birdsong", "Cold Mountain" and "Captain Corelli's Mandolin"
I've recently finished my dissertation, did it on Hard Times and Germinal. I have not really done any creative writing - what have you guys done and how long are your pieces?
My dissertation is 3503 words long! I'm quite pleased with it so im not worried about the length. I might add a few things, but i doubt it will go over 3700 words.
How did your AH English prelim go?
hey. im doin advanced higher eng too and my dissertation title is 'compare and contrast how symbolism is used to explore the theme of mental illness in the bell jar, the trick is to keep breathing and one flew over the cuckoos nest.' the problem is it's way over the word limit (about 1500 over) and i cant cut it down anymore. it was 8 thousand to start with and iv managed to cut it down to 6000. how strict are the squ when it comes to word limits. i know in advanced higher history, if you go over the word limit, even by a really small amount, you lose 5 marks(10% of your overall mark.)
iv done most of my creative writing but still have to do a personal reflective piece. im not really sure what to write about. any ideas?
i got an A in my prelim but that was only taking into consideration my essay i did in the exam and not my dissertation or creative writing. im really hoping to get an A in the final exam because that is my condition for getting into glasgow. but last year, noone in my school got an A. is it impossible? thanks
Horray! finally cut down my dissertation to 4500 words. im so glad that's out the way. now i can concentrate on my history dissertation which is a shambles at the moment!
I keep sitting down to start but as yet... no dissertation
I do plan to have one by the end of the easter hols... although, checking back through my diary, i see i was meant to have it finished by mid november